According to Goodyear’s Infocus magazine and information gathered by howardsgoodyearblog from city personnel files, Goodyear’s new police chief, Jerry Geier, has hired a former female colleague of his from the Yuma PD to work as a lieutenant in the Goodyear PD. Geier awarded former Yuma police sergeant Kimberly Celaya a 42% salary increase to come to Goodyear and then gave her an additional 10% increase with a pay grade increase after only 20 days on the job for a total salary increase of 57% in less than 30 days.
According to her GY personnel file, Yuma police sergeant Kimberly Celaya was making $56,094 dollars per year in Yuma until June 1, 2012, where she had been a police sergeant for just over two years. But she was hired as a lieutenant in Goodyear at $79,821 dollars per year on June 10, 2012, and on July 1, 2012 she was given a salary adjustment and pay grade change to $88,107 dollars per year. Here is a link to parts of Celaya’s Goodyear personnel file which documents her meteoric income rise. (Celaya Pers File0001)
Celaya was featured in Goodyear’s most recent Infocus magazine (the bi-monthly political advertizement of the city of Goodyear). Here’s a link to the article. In that article, Celaya’s new police lieutenant responsibilities in Goodyear were described as;
(Celaya will) “build a new hiring and recruitment unit that will help officers identify opportunities for advancement and connect with potential new officers through community appearances and events.”
From this description, her primary function appears to be helping the 80 or so actual on the street Goodyear police officers figure out how to get promotions and show them how to find new recruits by attending more city events and making better “appearances”. Celaya is quoted in the article saying that one of her primary responsibilities is to help Goodyear PD officers, “better present themselves”.
Are you getting this Goodyear taxpayers? Is this a real job or just a good way to bring a former well liked colleague to the Goodyear high pay feed trough? Imagine in this economy getting a total 57% salary increase in less than 30 days?
But before we make a rash judgement on the facts thus far presented, let’s give Chief Geier and his pal Kimberly the benefit of the doubt and look a little more closely at the circumstances surrounding this event. Is this just coincidence, or does thirty something, divorced mother of several kids Ms., (now Lt. Kimberly) Celaya have some special qualifications that make her so attractive and invaluable to chief Geier?
The Infocus article calls Ms. Celaya a “career police patrol officer” but her personnel file does not exactly reflect that. In her 20 year career since starting out in the army she has worked as a police officer for a little over 10 years. She has bounced around from job to job during that time sometimes in police work, sometimes not. She did four years in the army in North Carolina from ’92 to ’99. She has no college degree, a few courses at AZ W. College in Yuma, some army training, and one might assume a high school graduate but nowhere in her Goodyear personnel file resume does she claim she graduated from high school. After the army she got a job for two years in Fayetteville, NC as a police officer. She says she left the job in Fayetteville to relocate due to getting divorced.
Celaya worked 5 1/2 years in Yuma PD, remaining a police officer, until she left the police force to be a realtor. Apparently that didn’t work out for her because two years later in 2007 she got herself rehired in Yuma once again as an officer while she says she continued to work part time in real estate.
Until this point in her 15 year work career, there is no evidence that Celaya had ever received a promotion. That changed in September of 2009, 6 months after Jerry Geier arrived in Yuma as police chief when she was promoted to sergeant in Yuma (supervising 7 employees) and according to the Goodyear Infocus article, doing the same kind of work for which Goodyear just hired her for then Yuma chief Geier. That is, helping police officers, “better present themselves” and “identify opportunities for advancement”.
The only other interesting information yielded from her personnel file is that for some reason, Celaya says she is exempt from US Income Tax deductions. It is also noted in the file on a separate page (in large letters) that the GY PD did her background check, not GY HR, and that she says she heard about the job, “from the city web site”. When asked, an official in GY HR replied that based upon what is in the file, she could not determine if Ms. Celaya had graduated from high school.
Based upon this information, taxpayers have to decide for themselves whether or not Celaya is qualified to take home nearly $90,000 per year of your tax dollars teaching police officers how to look better. One thing appears certain, however. Ms Celaya appears to be a pro at looking pretty good to Goodyear police chief Jerry Geier.
All of this is going on in a bankrupt desert town which has borrowed so much money that they have lost “bonding capacity” and could only continue to borrow to buy an overpriced building to office their almost daily growth of city staff by getting a mortgage loan at a bank.
Another example of the fine job Georgia Lord and the rest of the seven dwarfs on city council are doing looking out for your hard earned tax dollars.