Perkins Township trustees gave a big 10-4 to part-time police officers seeking better wages.
The elected officials recently voted 2-0 to increase part-time cop pay from $9.50 an hour to $12 an hour, effective Saturday. Trustee Jim Lang didn’t attend the meeting.
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Police personnel seemed ecstatic, considering part-time wages would increase for the first time in 16 years.
“This has been a long time coming for us,” Perkins police Lt. Ed Hastings said.
Said Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar: “The new rate is more on par with what area departments are paying their part-time employees. I believe that we had difficulty recruiting and keeping part-time employees for this very reason. If I had the room in my budget to pay them more, I would”
Money for raises was made possible after township residents overwhelmingly supported a police levy in May.
The levy should generate about $1.9 million a year for five years. The levy started this year and runs through 2018.
Levy helps bump part-timers’ salaries
Perkins Township trustees recently increased salaries for part-time police officers, the first such pay bump in almost two decades.
Here’s a before-and-after look of what these officers received and will obtain, in addition to how much township taxpayers have or will front for their pay:
Year 2013 2014
Hourly wage $9.50 $12.50
Amount spent $31,000 $71,000*
* Denotes estimated amount. Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said the department will likely not spend this much on part-time salaries.
Source: Perkins Township police