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Butte police seeking pay raise to match statewide levels

Posted at 2:42 PM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 17:56:56-05

BUTTE – Butte’s Council of Commissioners will consider a recommendation that will give its police force a higher pay raise.

The council received a recommendation this week to give the members of Butte’s Police Protective Service union a 2 percent pay raise that includes a matrix that will substantially increase pay of longer-serving officers that will be closer to the level of pay of other law enforcement agencies around the state.

“We are a city/county, so we have to do both city/county duties whereas all these other cities have a police agency and a sheriff’s office and those duties are split. So that’s why we feel this median raise is fair compensation for what we do on a daily basis,” said Officer Ryan Hardy, who is President of the police union.

The council is expected to vote on the pay raise at its meeting on Dec. 5.

Reporting by John Emeigh for MTN News