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2018-06-13 / Breaking

Floresville nears agreement on new police contract

By WCN Staff

Floresville Detective George Ortiz represents members of the Floresville Police Officers Association at a June 5 collective bargaining meeting with representatives of the city.   GREGORY RIPPS/Reprints at bit.ly/wcnphotosFloresville Detective George Ortiz represents members of the Floresville Police Officers Association at a June 5 collective bargaining meeting with representatives of the city. GREGORY RIPPS/Reprints at bit.ly/wcnphotos2018-06-12

Floresville’s police union and city staff seem to be nearing agreement on a new three-year contract.

                  A June 5 collective bargaining meeting addressed several sections of the contract, with the Floresville Police Officers Association obtaining a change regarding promotions.

      “Basically, what we want is [for an officer] to be in the department three years [before he or she can] be promoted to sergeant and five years to become a lieutenant,” said Detective George Ortiz, representing the association. He said allowing “new people” to quickly take leadership positions is bad for morale.

      On the subject of appealing suspensions, Ortiz said the association wants the police chief “to step back when appealing a three-day suspension [of an officer].”

      Chief Lorenzo Herrera stood firm on keeping such appeals going to him, but noted some concessions.

      “We agreed that an officer can use vacation or accrued time for a three-day suspension,” Herrera said. “Also, he can have a reprimand removed after six months.”

                  Meeting participants came to no agreement on how many days of comp time an officer may accrue. This matter remains to be resolved at a June 18 meeting, when a completed draft of the contract will be presented. The meeting will take place at the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center beginning at 3 p.m.

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