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April 16, 2014, 9:28 am
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Springfield City Council Passes New Police Contract


Alderman Joe McMenamin holds up a sign
Alderman Joe McMenamin holds up a sign during the city council meeting.

Nearly 240 Springfield Police officers have a new contract after Springfield Aldermen voted 8 to 1 in favor of the deal.

 

The contract provides a 3 percent pay raise retroactive to March of this year, with a 2.5 percent increase in 2013 and a 2.25 percent increase the following year.

 

There is also the elimination of the controversial pay spike, but an increase of 2 percent for longevity payments on year 20 to 14 percent and year 25 to 16 percent on top of their base pay.

 

The contract only pertains to uniformed officers.  Mayor Houston announced Tuesday that the pay spike for police staff like the Police Chief will also be eliminated, but that will be done by internal policy, not by contract.

 

Alderman Joe McMenamin voted no saying until the police and fire pensions are more fully funded, he will continue to vote against pay raises, new equipment and vehicles.

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