Police union, city agree on new $400K contract

After more than two years, the city and the police officers’ union have reached a contract paying about $400,000 in pay increases.

City commissioners met in closed session with City Attorney Ricardo Navarro before announcing the agreement Wednesday night.

The contract will run from April 2018 through September 2020, City Manager Dan Serna said. He said the contract will pay out a total of about $400,000 through September 2020.

The agreement comes about four months after the city and union had reached an impasse following two years of collective bargaining negotiations.

In September, commissioners approved an ordinance maintaining police officers’ salaries and benefits into the current fiscal year.

For two years, officers had been working under their past contracts’ so-called evergreen clause, which expired Sept. 30, the end of the last fiscal year.