Borough, police agree on four-year contract

December 05, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The 15 police officers serving the Borough of Waynesboro have a new four-year work contract following a unanimous vote of approval Wednesday night by the Borough Council.

The new pact gives the officers a 3 percent raise for the first three years and allows for further negotiation on salaries in the fourth year based on inflation, Borough Council President Douglas Tengler said.

The contract also calls for the borough to pay all health insurance premiums for the officers and their families, a concession the council made to get the officers to agree to a four-year pact, Tengler said.


"Some of the officers saw their annual raises eaten up by increases in their premiums for Blue Cross," Tengler said. "Some were paying up to $130 a month for insurance," he said.

The current contract for the Waynesboro Police Association expires Dec. 31. It ran for three years.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said the council wanted a four-year contract to avoid arbitration, which costs the association members and the borough more money.

The officers also made gains in their life insurance benefits, according to the contract. Under the current contract they get $25,000 worth of life insurance. The new one calls for $75,000 in life insurance coverage for the first two years then it jumps to $100,000 for the final two years of the contract, Tengler said.

The new salary schedule starts at $32,452 a year for a new officer who has been certified. It goes to $35,461 in the fourth year. A top sergeant's salary starts at $40,653 in the contract's first year and goes to $44,423 at the end of four years.

"This is a good contract," Tengler said. "The officers and Chief Ray Schultz were professional throughout the negotiations."

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