Township increases part-time officers’ pay

The elected officials recently voted 2-0 to increase part-time cop pay from $9.50 an hour to $12.50 an hour, effective Saturday.
Andy Ouriel
Apr 14, 2014
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

Comments

bluestreakmom

$9.50 for risking your life to protect the township? That is pathetic! My son works for a local food business and makes more than that!! Perkins should be ashamed!

ladydye_5

That is rather sickening.

GoBigLex2001

Lets see, a police academy costs $3000+ that each officer has to pay for themselves PRIOR to hiring. Its grueling, physically demanding and not to mention taxing on time for family. The best they can do is $12.00/HR up from $9.50/HR?? Thats pretty pathetic for someone who puts their life on the line like that. I know some Security Officers who make more then that per hour.

ladydye_5

And then the burger-flippers are demanding $15 an hour?!?!?