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Northampton police contract is approved

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton Borough Council approved a 4-percent annual salary boost for its uniformed police officers at its Nov. 29 meeting.

The eight-member council unanimously approved the new wage and benefits contract — 12 percent over the three-year pact — for the 11 officers in the bargaining unit.

The police chief’s salary is set separately by council.

“Each year of the new contract, they will receive a 4-percent pay increase,” LeRoy Brobst, borough manager, explained.

Contract talks between council’s police committee, headed by council Vice President Keith Piescienski, Brobst and the police force’s bargaining unit, were held over the past several months. At the outset of talks, a two-year contract was discussed, but Brobst said police opted for a three-year pact.

Brobst related that, after three years of service, a borough police officer’s salary is in the $74,000 range. Most officers on the force have such seniority.

There are no changes to their health care benefits. The officers contribute to the health care coverage plan.

Further details regarding the new contract will be included in the 2019 borough budget. The present police borough contact expires Dec. 31.