District Attorney Dan Dow recently ran for office promising to provide needed leadership for the District Attorney’s Office. Through all of the election rhetoric, what I read between the lines was a message to District Attorney’s Office employees: Get me elected, and I will be your buddy.
Well, here he is: Dan Dow delivering on his promise by asking the county to reinstate a “practice” of what amounts to a “gift of public funds,” which was historically taken without permission (“DA asks for time-off policy back,” July 25).
Bottom line: A past district attorney gave his employees something they weren’t entitled to, and now the current district attorney wants to do the same, based on past “practice.” Two wrongs make a right right? Such salesmanship! Dow wants nine additional days off for deputy district attorneys for two weeks of being “on-call” after hours each year. Dow fails to mention they already receive “management benefits,” which include three to five days of additional leave time, gym benefits and more. The purpose of the “management benefits” was to make up for extra hours deputy district attorneys may (emphasis on may) occasionally have to work. How many times does Dow want deputy district attorneys to be paid for the same thing?