Anne Arundel police sergeants set to vote on contract proposal

County officials offer 15% raise over three years

April 06, 2000|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A contract proposal that would give the county's 72 police sergeants raises totaling 15 percent over the next three years is scheduled for review by the officers tonight and a vote Tuesday.

If the proposal is accepted by the membership, sergeants would receive 5 percent raises in each of the three years covered by the contract, according to Sgt. Bret Ballam, president of the Anne Arundel County Sergeant's Association -- the union representing them in negotiations.

The pay scale would be adjusted so that by the third year, all sergeants would earn more than the police officers they supervise, said Ballam.

"I'm pleased this proposal would bring them to a place they really should've already been," Ballam said.

Twenty-seven sergeants earn less than some of the patrol officers they supervise, he said.

Ballam said he was unhappy that Anne Arundel sergeants would earn less than many of their counterparts in nearby police departments. But, he said, "I'm trying to be realistic. It took more than three years for us to get into this position. It's unfair to expect it will be corrected in one contract."

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