Hampshire Board OKs Police Salary Proposal

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Byline: Lenore T. Adkins ladkins@dailyherald.com

Hampshire officials have created a system that prevents police subordinates from ever out-earning their supervisors.

Under a proposal that the village board approved last week, the starting salary for a sergeant will be 5 percent higher than the top salary of a unionized patrol officer who has at least seven years of service. As well, lieutenants will make 3.5 percent more than a senior sergeant.

For example, a patrol officer with at least seven years of seniority makes $63,580.24 a year. As part of the deal approved last Thursday, a first-year sergeant will make $66,759 starting Jan 1. Meanwhile, a sergeant at the top of the pay scale will make $76,608, while a lieutenant will make $79,289.

The deal, which costs the village $17,000 a year, is effective Jan. 1, 2012. Once raises kick in next year for the rank-and-file officers on April 30, the supervisors will see a salary boost as well.

Sgt. Bryan Ferguson is thankful to Village Administrator Doug Maxeiner for taking the initiative to resolve the issue.

"The administrator actually came to us and said, 'I'm going to work out a step increase deal for you guys," Ferguson said. "(I'm) very appreciative of what he's done for us."

Seven patrol officers, two sergeants and one lieutenant comprise Hampshire's police department. …