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Committee advances police compensation plan

Breakdown of proposed step plan (Source: KAIT) Breakdown of proposed step plan (Source: KAIT)
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

The Jonesboro City Council Public Safety Committee heard a plan Tuesday to increase the pay of officers on the force.

The plan, that would cost $646,000 in its first year of implementation, would give officers a raise, as well as put a plan in place for step raises.

Police Chief Rick Elliott told committee members that patrol officers would start at $34,500 per year. At 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10 years on the job, a patrol officer would receive a $1,700 raise. At 15 and 20 years on the job, an officer would receive a $4,300 raise. Patrol officer pay would cap at $51,600.

"This is a fairly simple plan but we think it will sustain the department for years to come," Chief Elliott said.

Chief Elliott added that the plan would help the department recruit and retain certified officers.

"Hopefully, this thing will go through and we can get more recruits that are certified. That cuts down on the amount of time that we have to spend on training so I think overall it's a win-win for everybody and hopefully, this plan will pass on through," Chief Elliott said.

The public safety committee voted to send the plan to the finance committee "to find funding".

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