"So we're doing nothing but what a police officer does," he said.
It has been hard to attract or retain more rangers for that very reason, he added.
It also doesn't help that rangers typically make about $2,400 a year less than a police officer, and that's without the beefed-up benefits and retirement of a police officer, Hauck said.
That makes it hard to compete with under-staffed police departments that are aggressively recruiting new officers, he added.
"It's a function of numbers," he said.
Pay rates and staffing levels for the ranger program are problems that need to be addressed soon as the city takes a look at how to effectively monitor all of Glendale's parks, Chapjian said.
"It's really hard to monitor the parks with just four bodies," he said. "We need to take a look at the pay scale."
But before that can happen, Mayor Ara Najarian said, the community will need to decide what role they want their rangers to play.
"Do we want to turn them into more of a police force and less of a naturalists?" he said. "How important are those naturalist duties to the community weighed against the additional law enforcement component of their work?"
And if rangers were to officially move closer to law enforcement, their salaries would "need to approach those of police officers," he said.
But Northwest Glendale Homeowners Assn. Peter Faud said it would be a shame to abandon the park ranger's educational aspect, and for his part, Hauck said the reason he and his colleagues take the job is for its diversity.
After the latest round of changes are in place at Brand Park, Najarian said the city will likely wait a couple of months before assessing their impact.
JASON WELLS covers public safety and the courts. He may be reached at (818) 637-3232 or by e-mail at jason.wellslatimes.com.