Mayor Andy Berke announced Monday afternoon that agreement has been reached on a revised city police pay plan that gives "predictability."
In the announcement at police headquarters on Amnicola Highway, he said the new plan sets pay based on service and rank.
Sean O'Brien, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, hailed the move, calling it "a tremendous accomplishment."
He said, "It provides a clear schedule of what we make depending on service and rank."
Cost of the changes this year were put at $980,000.
The changes were effective July 1.
Mayor Berke said he was earlier shown charts by the city personnel director "on how much disparity there was" in police pay.
He said the changes were brought about "through much, much work."
Mayor Berke said one aim is "to enhance morale and make sure we are doing right by our employees."
He said after two years the plan will be fixed for all but 60 employees. He said an effort will be made over the following two years to make the corrections for those 60.
Mayor Berke simultaneously signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Fraternal Order of Police (Rock City Lodge #22), National Black Police Officers Association (Chattanooga Chapter), and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers (Local #673) which supports the present and future funding of the pay plan
The mayor said, “I hear from our officers, time and time again, that these ongoing pay issues impact officer morale. If we are going to ask officers to provide the very best service to our community, we must ensure they have a pay plan that is consistent, fair and transparent.”
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Click here to see the memorandum of understanding.