- Hayward won!
- Alexander won!
- And the PPD had a future leader already in place who is respected and admired by the entire force.
Fast forward. Now Chief Alexander is being forced out by Hayward in 2017. He will be reaching the end of his DROP period. The City Transparent Pensacola page states:
Is there any truth to the rumor that City Hall told Chief Alexander that he will not be able to continue beyond his DROP date?
- Why is Chief Alexander not honoring the deal he made?
- The DROP Ordinance 9-9-2 states: DROP election. DROP election means the establishment of a date upon which the employee intends to terminate his/her employment with the City of Pensacola. The date is established through the irrevocable completion of a DROP election form to be submitted to the DROP administrator. Following the submission of a DROP election, the employee's employment with the city cannot exceed sixty (60) months in duration, although employees may terminate employment with the city at any time prior to the termination date indicated on the DROP election form.
- How does Dick Barker continue extend past his DROP period?
Although the city council, through the adoption of this ordinance, has agreed to join with those communities and other governmental bodies in providing its workforce with additional flexibility in planning for and entering into retirement following a career with the city, the city council acknowledges that DROP plans are still in their relative infancy and may ultimately produce results, either financial or otherwise, which may be deemed adverse to the interest of the City of Pensacola, Florida. In that regard, in the adoption of the DROP plan ordinance, the city council hereby expressly reserves the authority in the future to amend, modify or repeal all or portions of this DROP plan ordinance as may be deemed necessary and appropriate. Any future change will be adopted in accordance with the requirements of law. With respect to city employees who have not terminated their employment with the city and who have not executed a DROP election, the adoption of this chapter shall not be deemed to have conferred any vested rights or property interest upon those employees.