ShareThis Page
Harmar gets new police contracts |
Valley News Dispatch

Harmar gets new police contracts

The Harmar Township municipal building.

Harmar officials have reached new 6-year contracts with its police chief and officers.

The new agreements will take effect Jan 1. The current contract expires in December.

Supervisor Bob Seibert said both contracts remained mostly the same as the previous agreements. He said negotiations went smoothly and didn’t require any lawyers to be involved.

The department has eight full-time officers right now, but has room for one more on the roster. They are represented by Teamsters Local 249.

The base pay rate for full-time officers will be $65,155 for 2019.

A newly hired officer starts at 80 percent of that year’s base pay and reaches full pay after three years. The contract includes a 2.5 percent pay increase for the first four years and a 2.75 percent pay increase for the last two years.

Officers will continue to contribute 5 percent to their pension plans.

Officers will also continue to pay 5 percent for health insurance, capped at $100 per month in the first five years of the contract and $110 per month in the sixth year.

Officers also receive longevity pay ranging from $360 to $900 after five, 10, 15 and 20 years.

Part-time officers’ base rate will jump from $17 per hour to $19 per hour with the new contract. Part-time officers will receive a 50 cent per hour raise annually.

The chief’s contract includes a 2.5 percent pay increase for the first four years and a 2.75 percent pay increase for the last two years. The chief’s salary will jump from around $86,100 this year to $88,240 in 2019.

The chief’s contract adheres to the same provisions for healthcare, pension and life insurance laid out in the full-time officers’ contract.

A message left for the president of the Teamsters Local 249 wasn’t immediately returned Friday.

Part-time officers hired

Three part-time officers were hired Thursday to fill the spots of officers who recently resigned.

David Youell, Spencer McDowell and Christopher Gibbs were hired at a rate of $17 per hour.

Officers Ryan Doctor and Shane Brunner resigned as part-time officers.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, [email protected] or via Twitter @emilybalser.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.