Calling its proposal a “potential savings,” the Airborne Law Enforcement Services (ABLE) is contemplating giving one Orange County police helicopter pilot two taxpayer-funded paychecks totaling more than $23,325 a month for the next six months.
himself in his windfall position after he threatened to retire in
December, a move Starn oddly hadn't prepared for even though the
veteran pilot had alerted ABLE of his intentions as early as the outset
of 2009. Like other pilots who've left since 2007, Gleason has been
near retirement age for several years. According to Starn, Gleason's
departure couldn't be foreseen in time to train a replacement, thus the need to offer the pilot the lucrative special contract.
Mesa is not ready to move formally [to approve the deal],” said
Shawkey, who indicated that he favors the arrangement conceptually.
“I'm in discussions with the city manager on that now.”