I believe the Stow Sentry's recent articles discussing and itemizing the earned incomes of Stow's police officers unfairly mislead the public.

In my opinion, the regular wages of Stow's police officers -- the wages earned for their 40-hour work weeks -- are not as high as they should be for a community with the socio-economic status possessed by the city of Stow. Remarkably, the Stow Police officers' wages are actually less than the regular police wages paid in Fairlawn, Tallmadge, Norton, Hudson and Twinsburg.

The overtime wages of Stow's police officers are earned only after the city either offers or orders the overtime opportunities to the affected officers. Overtime wages are wages that the city willfully budgets and authorizes.

Stow, like many cities and indeed like many employers in the private sector, seems to have decided it is cheaper to render its service or produce its product with fewer bodies. Attendant with this course, however, is the necessity of making those fewer bodies work more than the standard work week.

The city of Stow and employers like it obviously find that their method of paying substantial overtime is cheaper or more desirable than hiring additional personnel who would be entitled a health care benefit.

The Stow Police officers are hired to work 40 hours per week. The city of Stow decides how much overtime they are to work.

I believe the Stow Sentry's articles discussing and itemizing their gross wages inaccurately and unfairly portrays them as either greedy and/or overpaid. The fact is that they work very hard for every penny that they can.

S. Randall Weltman

Ohio Patrolmen's

Benevolent Association