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Committee Approves Raises for Lacey Patrolmen

Ordinance also approved two additional increments to the pay scale

The Township Committee approved new salaries for the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association Local 238 with raises through 2014.

Lacey patrolmen will see a non-retroactive 2 percent raise in 2011 and a 2 percent raise each year for 2012-14. The Committee unanimously approved the raises at last Thursday’s township meeting.

“A lot of hard work was put into negotiating this contract as well as the contract for the superior officers,” Mayor Mark Dykoff said, thanking the representatives from the police department for their “good faith in negotiations.”

Thursday’s approval was limited to salaries as well as two additional steps added to the pay scale. The contract will be introduced and approved at a later date.

Below are the wages for patrolmen moving forward:

Increment

Jan. 1, 2010

Jan. 1, 2011*

Jan. 1, 2012

Jan. 1, 2013

Jan. 1, 2014

8

$95,286

$97,192

$99,136

$101,119

$103,141

7

$89,199

$90,983

$92,803

$94,659

$96,552

6

$83,106

$84,768

$86,463

$88,192

$89,956

5

$77,017

$78,557

$80,128

$81,731

$83,366

4

$70,927

$72,346

$73,793

$75,269

$76,774

3

$64,836

$66,133

$67,456

$68,805

$70,181

2

$52,641

$53,694

$54,768

$55,863

$56,980

1

$47,048

$47,989

$48,949

$49,928

$50,927

Base/Start

 

 

$41,000

$41,820

$42,656

Academy/FT

 

 

$34,900

$35,598

$36,310

*non-retroactive

Two new increments were added to the pay scale—a starting salary for the academy and field training officers and a base salary, Township Administrator and Municipal Clerk Veronica Laureigh said. Eight other increments follow based on the number of years a patrolman has served.

Currently, a new hire, without training, starts with a base salary at $47,048, the same range as some trained officers. Now there will be a first-year step and an academy step at reduced salaries, Committeeman Gary Quinn previously said.

“It’s saving taxpayers a considerable amount of money,” he had said.

, with salary raises, for the Superior Officers Association Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 202, which covers captain, lieutenant and sergeant. In both contracts, longevity was eliminated.

The contract for the superior officers states that all employees hired before Jan. 1, 2013, will be paid longevity increments.

In former years, in addition to employees' annual wage, they would receive longevity based on seniority. Upon entering the fifth increment of employment, the worker got 2 percent of base pay, 4 percent for the 10th increment, 6 percent for the 15th increment and 10 percent for the 23rd increment.

According to the township’s latest financial records, listed online, those with the highest figures in longevity in 2010 were Chief of Police William Nally at $13,282.20 and Sgt. Chester Jurkiewicz at $10,585.50.

Laureigh said $167,315 is the savings over the lifetime of a new officer hired after Jan. 1, 2013. The calculation was based on a 2 percent increase each year up to 25 years of service.

“Knowing what is being settled in other townships, this is a very beneficial contract for Lacey Township,” Dykoff said. “And the highlight of the two contracts features savings on new hires. In everything we do, we have to think about the future…It’s a great step forward for this township in negotiations and future savings.”

Keith Pearce, President of the PBA, declined to comment until the contract is approved.

Realist January 11, 2013 at 03:07 PM
10:05 am on Friday, January 11, 2013 John. So you know. Lacey officers are middle of the road in salaries, compared to other municipalities in Ocean County. Nowhere near the top. Anyway. Until you put on their shoes and do their job, your opinion is an uneducated conclusion of what and how much they do. Do they make a good salaries, yes! Do they make too much? Not for what, or what they might have to do. I don't know what little bubble of life you live in, but it is getting bad out there for the boys in blue. You are out of you mind if you think nothing bad and violent ever happens, or has not ever happened in Lacey. It is extremely apparent that you have a strong dislike for the police and are jealous of their salaries, even though it costs you so little. Say what you want, you are ignorant and anyone reading this can see through you. You have not addressed how much the school tax is the real burden on the taxpayer, not the municipal taxes. Anyway. Such a foolish, uneducated, little man of hatred you are. What a shame. And if you don't like it here. Please move. You wont be missed
Realist January 11, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Oh yes. One more thing John. Overpoliced with 38-39 officers? Allow me to educate you. The Federal recommended standard is 2 officers per 1,000 people in a population. Being we have approximately 28,500 people in Lacey, that would mean we would need approximately 57 officers. Overpoliced with 38 or 39 officers? I don't think so pal. I personally would feel safer if there were more officers on the road. And I will gladly pay a little more (which would be very little more) for a lot more peace of mind with all the violence, drugs an thievery out there. Please hire TC. John. Keep on living in your bubble little man!
john fisher January 11, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Realist: are you a cop? a retired cop? do you have family on the department? I have no dislike for Police. I have an uncle that is a retired chief of police...I strongly feel that we have too many police in this town & it could be cut by 20 to 30% & still have a safe community...You seem to forget the fact that most of the crime in Lacey is petty..You do get the patch do you not? With the exceptions of traffic violations unless they are dui's ,the Lacey patch lists the crime.. It appears to be a pretty safe town & strongly in part to the good citizens...Men like you would like to instill fear into people for either your own personnel gain or because your a drama queen..Which is it? If you would like to hire your own personnel protection, please feel free to do so...You keep posting your support for the salaries paid, which by the way are amongst the highest in Ocean county...I challenge you to produce otherwise!!! If you can't produce it genius then don't post anything more!! No one cares what you have to say, because if they did, I would have gotten bombarded with opposing views & I did not... : ) So little man.sleep on that !!!
Realist January 12, 2013 at 12:13 PM
John. Statistics are what they are. 2 cops per 1000 population. 28,500 people. 57 cops. Is that too many? Yes, I don't agree with that number. However. 38 is not right either. Yes, I do have a couple of friends on this PD and others. Regarless of that, I still know that 38 is not good.. Also, if you think what you read in the Patch is ALL that happens in this town, then you are gravely mistaken. I am sure many many things (such as domestic violence) are not released to the press. Anyway, let us just say we disagree with the number and how much they make. I just can't fathom why it bothers you so much, when you pay so little for the services you receive. Like I said, your monthly cell phone bill is more than your monthly municipal tax. It has to be jealousy. It has to be. Nothing more. Good night John.
john fisher January 12, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Realist; Its not jealousy at all...Our township expenditures are costing our tax payers much money & the township needs to start cutting back..If you google nj police salaries in general.New Jersey police are one of the highest paid in the nation..Why is that? Is New Jersey one of the most dangerous states to live in? I have always believed that you pay a man what he is worth..I'm sorry I don't believe their jobs are worth that kind of money regardless of the risk they signed on to do..I also feel their should be caps on salaries after a certain amount..We are not a cash cow however,township leaders treat us as such...It's not always the big gash that sinks the ship.More often then not it's the small leaks..Have a good night as well.

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