Chief asks for higher starting salary for cops
By DAN KULIN
Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith told the Mayor and City Council Tuesday that he wants higher starting salaries for city police officers to make the city more competitive with neighboring police agencies.
"We've fallen behind the competition," said Smith, who added that the city could either raise the starting salary or become less picky in its hiring process.
Entry level pay for city police officers is $25,354. Smith recommended increasing starting pay to $27,500 this July and then raising it to $30,000 in July 2002.