CITY OF MADISON
August 6, 2013
Mayor Paul Soglin and all City Alderpersons
Noble Wray, Chief of Police
Madison Police Department 2014 Operating Budget Proposal
Each year, since I became Chief in 2004, I have taken it upon myself to ensure you are fully aware of our
budget needs and challenges as early as possible in the City’s budget process. I have done this through
personal contacts as well as an annual budget memo. I feel this is not only necessary, but also prudent of me as the head of the Madison Police Department as this information is designed to provide you with asmuch insight as possible into those budget issues
that affect our department’s ability to provide the
necessary quality service to the citizens of our community. Secondarily, I believe this information is oftena valuable means to provide you with more intimate knowledge of some of the initiatives, programs andcollaborations we are currently engaged in to fulfill our mission.
In this year’s Operating budget instructions, we were asked to prepare our 2014 budget so that overall
funding requests did not exceed our 2013 operating budget. In order to accomplish this task, we had tofind over $280,782
in cuts to existing staff, programs or equipment. As stated in last year’
s budget memo,over 91% of our budgeted expenditures are salaries, determined by labor contracts, other City agencycosts, or additional mandates from outside of the Police Department. This, coupled with the fact that wecut our budget by over $500,000 in 2012 and another $60,000 in 2013, meant that we were not able tofind funding within our current budget to cover the costs to continue to provide the same quality policeservices as we do now. The key reason for $280,782 shortfall is the cost of regular step and longevityincreases in the current labor contracts.
Staffing Needs and Challenges
Let me begin by expressing my appreciation for your support in last year’s budget to deal with the issue
of staffing attrition. As you recall, attrition was one of the key components to the 2008 Etico SolutionsInc. staffing study and a critical challenge for our department when it comes to maintaining the necessarycommissioned staff to successfully police our community. I feel the ability to be creative in hiring newofficers and scheduling our academies, placed the department and the city in a much better position tomaintain necessary staffing as commissioned personnel retire from public service. We could not haveaccomplished this without the help and support of the Mayor and City Council. It is important to notehowever that even without including attrition into the formula for determining 2014 commissionedstaffing needs, the Etico Solutions staffing methodology for 2014 determined the Madison PoliceDepartment would need to increase its authorized strength of commissioned personnel by up to
I believe it is critically important that we continue to utilize thismethodology to determine our patrol staffing needs, I recognize that within the current fiscal climate it ismore important to follow through with the 2013 budget commitment to address the staffing attrition problem we have had for many years, and also to continue to explore opportunities where we can ensureadequate staffing of both commissioned and civilian staff.