The City of Charles City is in the midst of union wage negotiations for fiscal year 2023, which starts on July 1, 2022.
During their regular City Council meeting Monday night, City Administrator Steve Diers told the council this last year was a renegotiation year for the three bargaining units between the police, fire and public works departments.
In August, the City Council approved a compensation package that included a $2 per hour wage hike across the board for all certified officers that took effect September 1st, with lieutenants and captains also getting raises. The resolution calls for another 5% increase in pay across the department to become effective July 1st, 2022.
The City will also pay a stipend of $2,000 a year to each officer who resides within city limits, which officials hope 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 moves are an effort to make Charles City more competitive in keeping and attracting good officers. It could 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 1, 2022.