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Section A: General News


City’s police department gets new bargaining agreement




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August 22, 2012 | 2,393 views | 26 comments

FLORESVILLE -- Officers with the Floresville Police Department will soon see their salaries increase to a level which will make their department competitive with other local agencies, after the Floresville City Council voted unanimously to accept the department’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) Aug. 9.

Lt. Chad Clark said the new agreement is a long way from where officers with the city of Floresville once were salary-wise.

“When I started here, I was on welfare,” Clark said. “The starting pay here in Floresville was not enough for an officer to sustain a comfortable living. There was a time when none of the officers with the Floresville Police Department owned their own home. The one officer who did own his home, owned a single-wide trailer. That is how low the starting pay was for officers here.”

In 2008, the citizens of Floresville voted to allow the police department to collectively bargain with the city.

“The citizens overwhelmingly voted for it,” Clark said. “It was something like 900 for and 300 against. That gave us the opportunity to bargain with the city, which we did in 2009. Many great things came from that contract. It was a three-year contract, which expires Sept. 30.”

According to Clark, prior to the first CBA, all officers were at-will employees, which means that the chief of police can terminate them for any reason. With this contract, officers are no longer at-will employees; it prevents the officer from being fired without just cause, Clark said. The chief can suspend the officer and the matter must go before a federal mediator to terminate employment. That provision stayed the same for the new contract.

One of the main issues members of the Floresville Police Officers Association were attempting to address in the new agreement was the turnover rate in Floresville.

“When we first started looking into bargaining, we did a salary survey with other cities of the same size, population, and number of officers,” Clark said. “We found we were below other comparable cities. Now, with the new CBA, we will have our starting officers go from $13 per hour to $15, with increases coming on anniversary dates. There are also other benefits, such as stipends for assignment pay and incentives.”

Some incentives built into the new agreement are designed to encourage officers to further their education, according to Clark. If an officer has 60 or more college hours, they will receive an extra $200 per month. If they have a bachelor’s degree, they are paid an extra $300 per month, and a master’s degree pays an extra $400 per month under the agreement.

“There are also incentives for the level of peace officer certification,” he continued. “An officer receives $100 per month for an intermediate level, $150 per month for an advanced, and $200 per month for a master peace officer certification. What the agreement is designed to do is to make Floresville a place where officers can come and make a career, not a stepping stone. We want to keep officers here, and having this agreement will work to do that.

“We as a department are pleased to see the council approve the CBA and are grateful to have a community support their local police,” Clark concluded.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 29, 2012 4:58am
 
The pay incentives for various level of education makes a mockery of performance based pay. Under this system an under performing officer could receive more pay than an outstanding officer. This reinforces the fact that we ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 29, 2012 4:36am
 
Something Else......I am trying to formulate a reply but I can't figure out if it's "nit picking twit" or "knit picking twit." After some additional research, I may post a longer reply. :) P.S. ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 29, 2012 4:16am
 
The WCN article about the WCSO hiring 5 new deputies at an average cost of $48000.00 in salary and benefits along with other information about current salary levels bring into question some of the statement put forward by ... More ›

 
crenshaw.glen@yahoo.com  
Floresville  
August 28, 2012 8:00pm
 
Something else to say. After reading your comment...I think I will sit back and enjoy my cup of "Kauphy"

 
Something Else to Say v3.0  
Realville  
August 28, 2012 3:09pm
 
I see some of you people are having some trouble with spelling and homophones. May I offer a bit of helpful advice; type your response in a program with spell-check (like MS Word) then copy it to here. In addition, go back ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 27, 2012 5:28am
 
Be Careful....Excellent points. I never could stand complaining employees who moan about the wages and working conditions and yet continue to work at the same place. Rather than take action to better themselves they seem ... More ›

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
August 26, 2012 9:49pm
 
As retired military, I find it funny for people to speak for me. I am sure Prairie feels the same way as he is old militaryƒº I appreciate what police officers due just like I do for mall security. I am not sure how sitting ... More ›

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
August 26, 2012 9:46pm
 
Nice posts PRAIRIE GROUCH. 30.7% in zip code 78114 and 43% of the people in Floresville have less than a high school education so what do you expect? The state average is 19.7% Not that education is an indication of intelligence ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 26, 2012 10:19am
 
Enough is Enough...Why would you drive a pick-up full of kids......maybe even you might guess the reason such as going to town. When you sacrifice liberty for security, you have neither. That was a quote from one our founding fathers, ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 26, 2012 10:02am
 
Enough is Enough. I meant "veiled threat"....look it up, you simple twit. I was under the impression that the county paid for health insurance and that local law enforcement and all county employees were on ... More ›

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