HEBRON | For the first time in five years, the town's Police Department will receive raises in January.
The council approved a new salary ordinance Tuesday providing pay increases from $2,000 to $4,000 for police. The ordinance also gave council members a $1,000 raise and the clerk-treasurer a $4,000 increase. The town's public works employees got raises earlier this year.
"The raise has been a long time coming, and we are happy to finally be able to afford it," council President Don Ensign said. "We hope this helps retain some of the officers. We can't afford to pay a lot, and people stay for a couple of years and move on. Maybe now we will have some longevity in the troops."
The police chief's salary was increased by $2,000 to $55,045 while the captain, detective sergeant, corporal and first class patrolman positions were increased by $4,000 each. The second class patrolman position was increased $3,000, and the third class patrolman's pay will go up $2,000. The pay for part-time officers will increase from $10.81 to $12.50 an hour.
Ensign said he hoped the raises would keep the men on the force, but he was reminded the department also has women. Noticing two women newly added as reserve officers sitting in the front row, Ensign joked he might get Tasered for his oversight.
Police Chief Steve Sibbrell introduced the two as Brittany Vliek and Lindsey Fritz and teased Ensign that both women had received their Taser training.
The clerk-treasurer's pay will increase to $42,000 in January, while council members' pay will jump to $7,000 a year. Total cost of the pay increases will be about $35,000.