Merrillville Council announces raises for employees

2014-01-31T19:00:00Z 2014-01-31T21:37:26Z Merrillville Council announces raises for employeesChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
January 31, 2014 7:00 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | The Town Council has pay hikes scheduled for all of the municipality's full-time civilian employees.

Councilman Tom Goralczyk on Tuesday announced full-time employees will receive a $6,000 raise over the next three years.

He said a $3,000 pay increase will occur this year for those employees. Civilian pay will go up $2,000 in 2015 and $1,000 in 2016.

On Tuesday, the council also unanimously approved a contract with the Merrillville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 168 to increase officer pay and change longevity pay for the Police Department.

Through that contact, Merrillville police will receive a $10,000 raise over three years. A $6,000 pay increase will occur this year. Officer pay will increase by $2,000 in 2015 and by $2,000 in 2016.

The contract also extends longevity pay for police to 30 years of service.

Curtis Minchuk, president of Lodge 168, said the raises and extension of longevity pay will help to retain police and boost officer morale.

Lodge 168 had sought other requests, including an additional day off each month for officers who work 12-hour shifts and adding police retirees in the town's health insurance plan.

Although the council was unable to meet those requests, Minchuk believes the FOP received a "fair offer" from the council.

"We asked for $10,000 and that's what we got," Minchuk said.

This is the first pay increase civilian employees and police officers have received in about six years.

Several councilmen stressed no raises will be sought for Merrillville's elected officials.

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