Category: News || By Jason Togyer
A payday windfall for city police officers? Not exactly. The city's 2013 budget has been amended to correct salary figures for rank-and-file full-time and part-time sworn personnel in the police department.
Mayor Michael Cherepko said the budget adopted in December used the 2014 salary numbers, not the correct 2013 numbers. Council on Wednesday by 6-0 vote adopted an amended budget ordinance using the correct, lower figures. Councilman Dale McCall was absent due to illness.
The new salary figures boost the wages for most full-time police officers by about $2,000 per year, and part-time officers 51 cents per hour. Those figures are the same as those for city firefighters.
"Essentially, it was a typographical error," Cherepko said.
City police are represented by Teamsters Local 205, while firefighters are members of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 10.