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Township increases part-time officers’ pay

Andy Ouriel • Apr 14, 2014 at 6:38 PM

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.

Police seek to add officer

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

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