Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ridgefield Cops Getting Raises, Less Starting Pay

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ridgefield Cops Getting Raises, Less Starting Pay

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RIDGEFIELD -- Borough police have a new three-year contract that calls for slight raises and requires rank-and-file officers to contribute toward their health insurance, borough officials said Thursday.

The pact, approved by the council this week and ratified by Ridgefield Local 330 of the state Policemen's Benevolent Association, will give rank-and-file officers a 1 percent raise next year, a 1.5 percent increase in 2015 and a 2 percent increase the following year.

Councilman Javier Acosta, who is also the police commissioner and was part of the council's negotiating team, said the council members used the state's 2 percent cap on spending as a guideline.

"It worked out perfect for everybody,'' he said. "Most important thing, it worked out for taxpayers."

Kevin Nebbia, one of the officers who signed the agreement on behalf of the PBA, could not be reached for comment.

According to the memo of agreement attached to the resolution passed by the council on Monday, the starting annual salary for new officers will drop to $40,000, then increase to $45,000 after six months. …

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