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New three-year police contract approved in Menlo Park

Menlo Park police officers will each receive $2,000 lump sum payments as part of a new police contract the City Council approved unanimously Tuesday night.

The new three-year contract, set to start retroactively on Sept. 1 and last through Aug. 31, 2024, also provides police officers two 3% pay increases to cover increases in the cost of living, with the first starting July 1, 2022, and the second starting July 1, 2023, according to Assistant City Manager Nick Pegueros. While no official pay increase was approved for the current fiscal year, each employee will be provided with a $2,000 lump sum payment.

The new contract will increase flexible benefits contributions starting in 2022 and 2023 between 2% and 4%, depending on the increase in the Consumer Price Index for the San Francisco Bay Area. For the next year, the adjustment was set to cost a little under $17,000.

The contract also sets aside $8,000 in funding annually to cover educational leave and tuition reimbursement for police officers. The city plans to reimburse tuition, books, lab fees, equipment and curriculum fees for classes or approved trainings related to earning an academic degree or gaining job-related skills, according to the contract.

In all, the three-year contract is expected to cost an additional $780,905 in city funds, according to a staff report.

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Within the contract, there are also stipulations that note that within 30 days' notice from the city, the agreement can be reopened to discuss topics of holiday pay, as well as police reform, "including ways to increase transparency and public accountability, and consideration of the disciplinary and disciplinary appeal process."

"Any changes will be by mutual agreement only," it adds.

Email Staff Writer Kate Bradshaw at [email protected]

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New three-year police contract approved in Menlo Park

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Uploaded: Thu, Oct 28, 2021, 10:52 am

Menlo Park police officers will each receive $2,000 lump sum payments as part of a new police contract the City Council approved unanimously Tuesday night.

The new three-year contract, set to start retroactively on Sept. 1 and last through Aug. 31, 2024, also provides police officers two 3% pay increases to cover increases in the cost of living, with the first starting July 1, 2022, and the second starting July 1, 2023, according to Assistant City Manager Nick Pegueros. While no official pay increase was approved for the current fiscal year, each employee will be provided with a $2,000 lump sum payment.

The new contract will increase flexible benefits contributions starting in 2022 and 2023 between 2% and 4%, depending on the increase in the Consumer Price Index for the San Francisco Bay Area. For the next year, the adjustment was set to cost a little under $17,000.

The contract also sets aside $8,000 in funding annually to cover educational leave and tuition reimbursement for police officers. The city plans to reimburse tuition, books, lab fees, equipment and curriculum fees for classes or approved trainings related to earning an academic degree or gaining job-related skills, according to the contract.

In all, the three-year contract is expected to cost an additional $780,905 in city funds, according to a staff report.

Within the contract, there are also stipulations that note that within 30 days' notice from the city, the agreement can be reopened to discuss topics of holiday pay, as well as police reform, "including ways to increase transparency and public accountability, and consideration of the disciplinary and disciplinary appeal process."

"Any changes will be by mutual agreement only," it adds.

Email Staff Writer Kate Bradshaw at [email protected]

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pearl
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another community
on Oct 28, 2021 at 2:09 pm
pearl, another community
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on Oct 28, 2021 at 2:09 pm

Great news!!! Hope this is a meaningful assist to our beloved police force members.


Lash
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Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 28, 2021 at 8:59 pm
Lash, Menlo Park: The Willows
Registered user
on Oct 28, 2021 at 8:59 pm

If we expect the highest standards in service, we need to offer highly competitive compensation. I hope the mayor doesn't stoop to sleazy politicking like the kind that caused the previous chief to resign.


Enough
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Menlo Park: other
on Oct 29, 2021 at 11:30 am
Enough, Menlo Park: other
Registered user
on Oct 29, 2021 at 11:30 am

Lash,
I am not sure which mayor you are speaking about as the former chief resigned after a town hall meeting on Police reform while Cecilia Taylor was the mayor. At that town hall the police faced a lot of criticism from residents which seems to have lead to the abrupt resignation of the former chief. You might want to familiarize yourself with the circumstances of his resignation. If you are referring to the sleazy politics around the council meeting where two members of the city council were not informed and the seeming violation of the Brown Act than I agree, that needs to end and the previous case needs to be investigated and made transparent.


Anne Miller
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Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 29, 2021 at 1:27 pm
Anne Miller, Atherton: West Atherton
Registered user
on Oct 29, 2021 at 1:27 pm

Regarding Menlo Park, I am happy the police are getting the respect they deserve. Regarding the fire district seat coming uo how can Virginia Kiraly run for a fire board seat when she is on the Harbor District board and is also running for District 3's Board of Supervisor's seat.


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