Island Lake cops get new labor contract
On the same night they hired a new police chief, Island Lake officials inked a new, three-year contract with the town's police officers.
The pact, which was unanimously approved Thursday night, calls for pay raises each year. Officers will receive 2-percent salary bumps this year, 2.25-percent raises the second year and 2.5-percent raises the third year, village Treasurer Ed McGinty said.
The deal is retroactively effective May 1. It will expire in April 2018.
Island Lake's 11 police officers were represented in the labor negotiations by the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police. The talks lasted abut two months, McGinty said.
The contract sets the new starting salary at roughly $46,186, McGinty said. The new average salary is $61,568.
The board also agreed to hire ex-Trustee Tony Sciarrone as the town's new police chief Thursday, effective immediately.
Sciarrone, 67, a former Island Lake police officer who served for a time as interim chief, was elected to the village board in 2013. He resigned earlier this week ahead of his appointment to the chief's job.