GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Borough Council approved a five-year police contract that increases annual salaries at 2% for the first three years and 5% for the final two years of the pact.
"This does not deal with funding the police," Councilwoman Mary Barchetto said. "It's about compensation."
On September 9, the council approved the contract that begins retroactively on January 1, 2020 and runs through December 31, 2024. Councilwoman Arati Kreibich was the lone dissenting vote.
"I don't think it in the best interest of the borough to sign a multi-year deal right now," she said.
"Shorter contracts cost more," Barchetto said, referring to the time it takes to negotiate them.
The last contract was negotiated in 2016, Barchetto said. "Our department's pay scale is lower than most in Bergen County."
This contract, she said, brings the department closer to other Bergen County municipality's average police pay scale.
Updated salaries per the Sept. 9 resolution which authorizes police wages retroactive to Jan. 1, 2020, start at $170,000 for the chief of police as opposed to $146,540 in December 2017; lieutenants at $143,209, as opposed to $136,285; and sergeants at $136,480, as opposed to $130,441. Police officers currently on staff earn from $126,363 to $83,222.