DYER | The Dyer Town Council approved a salary ordinance, but not without a little back and forth between members.
Councilman Jeff Dekker asked before the vote if Council President Joe Cinko, a town police officer, would be recusing himself.
Cinko said he would not, and referred to advice given him by the town attorney.
“There is nothing that prohibits you from voting on the ordinance,” Attorney Bill Enslen said.
Salary raises for civilian employees and police and firefighters have been a controversy in Dyer over the past month.
Town employees and fire and police personnel are getting a salary increase in 2014, with the council narrowly approving the hike in a 3-2 vote in October.
Civilian employees will get a 3 percent raise, while fire and police get 6 percent.
Cinko voted in favor of the salary increase, as did Councilwomen Mary Tanis and Debbie Astor.
Dekker, who voted no, called the situation “a travesty" because police and firefighters will get twice the raise civilians will.
"We’re supposed to be working for all the employees," Dekker said.
Councilwoman Connee Trepton voted no, saying she did not appreciate the measure being proposed without a discussion. She also objected to the fact that she had no written figures in front of her, she said.