Chief Winder seems to have no problem spending other people’s money. Let’s start with his $150,000 salary. Before Winder, the salary range for Moab police chief topped out at $132,273. To meet Winder’s salary demands, the Moab City Council was forced to hold a special session for a vote to authorize Moab City Manager David Everitt to negotiate $150,000 contract for Winder in a city with a population of 5,242 people. His salary nearly matches his old $151,563 base salary as sheriff of Salt Lake County, a city with a population of 193,700 people.
And what about all those new police SUV cruisers we’ve been seeing around town. What did that cost? Was it really necessary? What is the purpose of police SUV cruisers in Moab anyway? And now Winder wants to add five new police officers to “relieve his overworked staff.” How do we know they are overworked? Has the city commissioned a study of the Moab Police Department in order more clearly establish its needs?
New SUV police cruisers, five new officers … what’s next, a new SWAT team? It’s up to the Moab City Council to get all the facts before loosening the purse strings for chief Winder.