Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Closter Approves Police Contract

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Closter Approves Police Contract

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CLOSTER -- The Borough Council has unanimously approved a new five-year contract with its police union, capping a year of negotiations.

Police on the 18-member force have been working without a contract since December 2014 as negotiations continued and a state- appointed mediator was called in.

"It's a fair contract," Borough Attorney Ed Rogan said of the contract, which will expire in December 2019.

The terms of the new contract include three additional steps for new hires so that it will take them 11 years, instead of seven years, to reach maximum pay, Rogan said.

"The main issues we had to work out were salary, steps and starting pay," Rogan said. "There was also the question of when longevity would kick in for new hires."

Mayor John Glidden added, "I feel good about it. It's fair for the town. …

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