Thursday, August 15, 2013
Police chief asks for officer raises
By SUE WATSON
In an attempt to retain police officers in Holly Springs, chief William Hollowell proposed a new pay scale for the ranks.
He said the pay scale would be merely a blueprint to where to try to go with pay and promotions to improve retention.
He has hired four patrolmen with college degrees and one who is starting college, he said. He wants the salaries tied to an annual 3 percent cost of living increase.
On the scale, the department has 20 officers who have one to seven years experience, 12 with eight to 16 years and three with 17-25 years.
Patrolmen max out their salaries at 20 years service. Hollowell said the pay scale proposal would provide an incentive tool so officers can know what their salary is likely to be down the road.
The salary scale can also be used as a disciplinary tool and a person can have salary cut by reduction in their rank as a disciplinary measure.
Hollowell offered to take a 5 percent salary cut provided the money be used to add to the salaries on the low end of the pay scale. He said officers start out at $25,000 annually and can go up to $29,000 a year if promoted to corporal.
Alderman Christy Owens asked when the proposal would take effect.
Hollowell said, if approved, the scale would go into effect October 1 for the year 2014.
Alderman Bernita Fountain asked how many slots he has for captain.
He has seven sergeant slots in the new structure proposed, one patrolman post open and two part-time positions available. He has three higher slots for supervisors, one for services, one to supervise patrol and a person previously promoted to lieutenant.
Alderman Mark Miller commended Hollowell in offering to take a pay cut.
“It is a fine gesture you made,” he said, “to take that pay cut and give it back to your men.”
No action was taken on the proposal.
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