Aurora finalizes pacts with police department

by MIKE LESKO | REPORTER Published:

Aurora -- The city wrapped up three new police contracts by finishing up negotiations on a three-year contract with the department's five sergeants that was unanimously approved July 14 by City Council.

The sergeants' rate of pay is 12 percent above the highest paid patrol officer, according to Law Director Dean DePiero. Negotiations for a three-year patrol officers' contract ended in December 2013 and was unanimously approved Dec. 16, 2013, by Council. Salary increases for 20 full-time police officers are 2 percent in 2014, 2.25 percent in 2015 and 2.5 percent in 2016, according to DePiero.

Negotiations for a three-year contract for six dispatchers concluded in January and was unanimously approved Jan. 13 by Council. Dispatchers' increases are 2 percent in 2014, 2.25 percent in 2015, 2.5 percent in 2016, according to DePiero.

All three contracts are effective from Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2016.

Negotiating for the city were labor attorneys Ron Habowski and Alan Shorr, Council President George Horvat and former Police Chief Seth Riewaldt.

Negotiating for the union were patrolmen Chris Reiter and Jeff Bugara and Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association attorney Daniel Leffler for the police officers' unit; dispatchers Kathy Ptak and Gina Trapp and Leffler for the dispatchers; and Leffler for the sergeants.

"Overall, negotiations went fine," DePiero said. "There was some disagreements that were worked out through a fact- finding process that ultimately resolved the contract with the sergeants."

Leffler said, "Both parties agreed to the contracts, so there were good outcomes. Typically, we've had a good negotiating history with the city. There was give-and-take on some issues, but we were able to reach an agreement on all the issues."

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