Police receive no raise from Metro Council

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 6:04pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 6:36pm

Metro Council officials say they plan to meet with police to discuss pay raise issues.

The Police Union was disappointed they did not get a pay raise at last night's meeting, like other city departments.

Police Union leader Chris Stewart said they've given up pay raises over the last five years because the mayor's office told him the money just wasn't there.

Last night, the metro council voted to increase pay at the Constable’s Office and within the East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement Program.

Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Walker says those agencies met with the council to discuss pay raises well in advance of the meeting. He says none of the council members knew that the police had asked for a raise.

"I think the police were stirred up by other people, and that's unfortunate because they're good people,” stated Walker. “We love them to death and we've always been able to sit down and talk with each other. I think it was just an unfortunate incident and we don't need to let it go any further."

Walker says he now has plans to meet with Chris Stewart to see what can be done for the police officers for next year.

He says he also wants to conduct a pay study for all city agencies - an issue that will be brought up at the next Metro Council meeting.

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