Raises for members of the Charles City Police Department took effect September 1st.
Last month, the City Council approved a compensation package that includes a $2 per hour wage hike across the board for all certified officers starting September 1st. Lieutenants and captains are also getting raises and the resolution calls for another 5% increase in pay across the department to become effective July 1st, 2022. The move is an effort to make Charles City more competitive in keeping and attracting good officers.
The City will also begin paying a stipend of $2,000 a year to each officer who resides within city limits. Officials hope the stipend will 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.
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.