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Councilman Todd Gloria is pushing for $1.3 million to fund new firefighter and police officer positions in the upcoming budget year, saying they are needed to prevent experienced officers from leaving.

John Thomson, a San Diego City Firefighters Local 145 board member with Councilman Todd Gloria on election night.

My colleague Will Carless has been writing about the creation of a new Firefighter III position and its police counterpart, Police Officer III. Both positions come with a 5 percent raise.

In a memo outlining his budget priorities, Gloria states that he has “great concern” that salary and benefit changes will lead to “higher than normal numbers of retirements and separations in the coming months.”

Gloria said the $1.3 million would fund the new positions and “additional support for recruit academies,” which were cut in the fall.

The councilman also wants to halve the $500,000 budgeted for managed competition, citing the need to be prudent with consulting services. Gloria also wants the mayor to disclose all “revenue sources and special funds,” citing examples of funds that aren’t included in the mayor’s proposed budget.

Correction: The photo cutline in the original version of this post incorrectly identified the person in the photo as Frank DeClercq, president of San Diego City Firefighters Local 145. The photo is of Local 145 board member John Thomson. We regret the error.

RANI GUPTA

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