Carlisle approves new police contract, pay increases

Police officers in this small Warren County community will be seeing a pay hike starting Jan. 1.

Carlisle Village Council approved a new three-year contract with the Fraternal Order of Police/Ohio Labor Council that represents the officers.

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The new contract includes a 3 percent increase in the police seven step pay range for each year of the contract starting Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2021.

Officers will also receive a 2 percent pay increase in each of the first two years of the contract. In addition, officers will advance a pay step each year pending a successful annual evaluation.

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City officials said the new contract reflects changes in language and deletes provisions affected by recent court decisions such as the fair share fee.

The contract also:

  • Allows the placement of a lateral entry officer based on the officer’s training, education and experience.
  • Removes the 10 percent health insurance premium cap for officers; and changes to officers paying the same health insurance premium as nonunion employees.

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The small Warren County village has struggled with recruiting/retaining officers for the past several years as other communities have tended to poach officers for their departments after they get experience in Carlisle. There are seven full-time officers, including the police chief; one reserve officer; and a part-time officer.

Police Chief Michael Bruck said the new wage scale will not make Carlisle the highest paying department and officers will still make less than surrounding communities.

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“Carlisle has been making great strides to increase officer pay,” Bruck said.

Starting Jan. 1, Bruck said a new officer will earn 19.67 an hour or $40,913 a year plus benefits such as health insurance, pension, etc.

In February 2016, the starting wage for a Carlisle police officer was $16.07 an hour or $33,425 a year.

He said the village plans on hiring an additional full-time police officer in 2019.

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