Morale is so low at the embattled Hollywood Police Department that some officers actually want the Broward Sheriff's Office to take over the agency, says union leader Jeff Marano.
He points to a flier circulating around town that spells out why a merger makes sense, including better pay and benefits.
"Our city DOES NOT LIKE US," the flier screams. "They think we are glorified secretaries and should work for minimum wage with a 401K!"
Marano expects union members to meet Monday to debate whether they might back a takeover.
Former chief Chad Wagner retired in January and is now working as a captain with the Broward Sheriff's Office.
Marano says that has nothing to do with the talk of a merger.
In 2011, Hollywood forced police and firefighters to take 12.5 percent pay cuts after declaring financial urgency. The same year, Hollywood voters approved drastic changes to the city's employee pension plans.
The flier did not impress Commissioner Dick Blattner, who believes just two or three malcontents were behind it.
Blattner had a message for whoever wrote the flier: If you want to go to BSO, go. But don't expect the entire department to go with you.
"We are the third-largest city in Broward," Blattner said. "Why would we want to go to BSO?"
This week, resident Jerry Viskocil complained to the commission about corruption within the police department, but said Thursday he opposed a merger.
"Don't kid yourself that BSO is any better," he said.
The flier did not surprise resident Ann Ralston, a fierce defender of the police department.
"I'm surprised fire has not put one out too," she said.
Commissioners had considered merging the fire department with the Sheriff's Office, but rejected the idea last year after learning it would not save the city money.
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