SBSO Sheriff

Thursday, June 20, 2012 – 12:15 p.m.

San Bernardino County cities contracting for law enforcement services with the sheriff’s department are now reconsidering the strategy.

The county has began the practice of passing administrative costs of such operations on to the contracting city. A move that may be a back breaker for Rancho Cucamonga and High Desert cities.

A second component making it more appealing to cities to start their own police agencies is retirement costs.

Currently, cities pay legacy costs related to the highly lucrative 3% at age 50 pension formula. A formula no longer available to new employees, and not allowed under a new state law that became effective January 1.

A city starting fresh would have significantly lower pension costs under new formulas imposed by the aforementioned change in retirement law.

There are hundreds of positions hanging in the balance.

It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out.