Lincolnshire cops get raises under new contract
Lincolnshire's 17 police officers will get 2.5 percent pay raises this month under a new labor contract.
The village board approved the deal with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council on Tuesday night without debate.
According to Village Manager Brad Burke, the new deal calls for a 2.5 percent pay raise that's retroactive to May 1; a 2.5-percent raise effective Jan. 1, 2019; and 2 percent raises in January 2020 and January 2021.
The raises kick in each January starting in 2019 to coincide with the village's fiscal calendar.
The start of Lincolnshire's fiscal year changed from May 1 to Jan. 1 in 2006. This is the first village contract with a labor union to align with the Jan. 1 schedule, Burke said.
The new annual starting salary for a Lincolnshire police officer will be $69,568, up from $67,871. However, officers new to the department who have prior police experience may be hired at a higher salary under the contract, Burke said.
Additionally, officers will receive a $150 stipend for completing a physical fitness test and $150 for completing a mental wellness program with a registered psychologist.
Also, language was added into the contract to mandate drug testing for any officer-involved shooting, reflecting a 2017 change in state law, Burke said.
The previous contract expired April 30.
Negotiations between village officials and the union started in February and wrapped up in April, Burke said.
The union ratified the deal May 14.