Why can’t Oakland firms do the work?
One of the investigative firms charged with helping Oakland police wade through Occupy Oakland misconduct complaints has just received a significant pay raise.
The contract for Burke Williams Sorenson LLP has almost tripled from $100,000 to $275,000, at the request of Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan.
According to a report from Jordan to city counicil, the raise was needed to handle additional work on a shortened timeline. The raise was approved as part of a summer recess provision of the city.
Funds approved fiscal year 2012-13 budget appropriated $750,000 for the investigation of police internal affairs cases.
In a report to Council, Jordan said that there is an urgent need to act during the traditional summer break.
“The majority of cases assigned to Burke Williams Sorenson LLP must be completed by late August 2012 in order to comply with a court order issued in the Allen v. City of Oakland, et al., federal court case,” Howard wrote. “Reassigning these cases and starting with a new investigator would jeopardize the city’s ability to comply with legal and court mandated deadlines.”