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Township Council Approves 5-Year Police Contracts

Contracts calling for salary increases of between 1 percent and 2 percent for township police officers and supervisors were approved by the Township Council Sept. 9.

The contracts fall under the state-mandated 2 percent CAP increases, said township manager Bob Vornlocker.

Both contracts are for five years, retroactive to Jan.1 , 2014, Vornlocker said. The previous contracts expired on Dec. 31, 2013.

The contract with the township’s Supervisory Officers Association Local 154 calls for 1 percent salary increases in years 1,2 and 4 of the contract, and 2 percent salary increases in years 3 and 5, he said.

The SOA contract also calls for a reduction in the number of vacation hours that can be accrued by a member at 20 years of service from 240 to 200, Vornlocker said.

As they have in the past, the contract for PBA Local 154 includes 11 steps, from Probationary officer through an officer with 10 years’ experience and an officer with 20 years’ experience.

The new contract “moves people up a step every other year, instead of every year, the way it’s been done in the past,” Vornlocker said.

Officers falling in steps 1-9 would be moved up a step in contract years 2 and four. Those in steps 10 and 20 would receive a 1 percent salary increase in contract year 1 and 2 percent salary increases in contract years 3 and 5, Vornlocker said.

In 2013, salaries for PBA members ranged from $30,000 for a probationary officer to $109,513 for an officer with 20 years’ experience.

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