Following this week’s Township Committee vote on contracts for senior Maplewood Police Officers, the union for rank and file cops has this week struck an agreement with the town on a new contract.
Under the agreement, the officers will receive a 16.5 percent pay raise over the next five years. Officers will pay $500 annually for health care, costs that previously were covered by the town. Members of the force will now receive a “senior differential,” where they receive a $1,000 raise after serving eight years on the force. Also, officers can now receive $100 to $750 stipends for education and military service and concessions concerning off-duty court appearances.
Detective Kevin Kisch of PBA 44, which represents the majority of Maplewood’s police force, expressed satisfaction with the deal, which is expected to be voted on by the Township Committee at their next meeting.
“We’re very happy with this agreement,” Kisch said. “There are things in it that weren’t there before.”
In related news, Kisch gave an update on the three officers let go earlier this month. He said the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department has hired one of the men, and the other two are looking for work. Kisch was optimistic about their prospects.
“We’re hoping they’ll be hired in the next weeks or month,” Kisch said.