In efforts to improve the retention of officers, members of the Charles City police force are getting a pay raise starting next month.
At Monday’s regular meeting, the City Council approved a compensation package that includes a $2 per hour wage hike across the board for all certified officers to take effect September 1st. Lieutenants and captains are also getting raises and the resolution calls for another 5% increase in pay to become effective July 1st, 2022.
The City will also begin paying a stipend of $2,000 a year to each officer who resides within city limits. Police Chief Hugh Anderson lobbied the benefits of the financial incentive.
The City hopes the stipend will also offset the expansion of allowing officers to be on the force and live within 30 miles instead of the current 10-mile radius. New certified officers joining the department will also get a $5,000 sign-on bonus paid out over three years. Those changes are also effective September 1st. Mayor Dean Andrews says the time is now to improve the city’s retention of good police officers.
The changes could potentially add almost $120,000 for police department pay this fiscal year and another $40,000 on top of that starting with the new fiscal year on July 1st of 2022.