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The City Council on Thursday night voted to authorize an increase in the extra duty hourly rates for hiring off duty police officers. This increase in rates will bring the Police Department in line with agencies comparable in size and activity in this region.
The new rates, which will take effect on Dec. 1, will increase the officer rate from $30 to $40, the supervisor rate from $35 to $45 and the command supervisor rate from $40 to $50.
The holiday rate (New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas) will go from zero to $50.
When police vehicles are requested for assignments, there will be an hourly charge of $10. Currently, there is no charge.
The Police Department requested the higher rates as an incentive for officers to work off duty assignments.
In other matters, City Council voted to:
The City Council also held first readings for the appropriation of HUD funds, bond proceeds, and grants for foodservice operations and monitoring, outreach and prevention programs at W.W. Moore Jr. Detention Home.
A first reading is an introductory step required by City Code before some issues can be voted upon by the City Council. This step serves to provide public notice of pending action. The City Council can vote on these matters at its next meeting.
The meeting was held on Thursday to avoid conflicting with Election Day. The City Council regularly meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.