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Pay changes could keep cops longer in Longview

Pay changes could keep cops longer in Longview
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POSTED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 7:50pm

UPDATED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 7:59pm

Longview’s recently approved budget could help relieve turnover and retention woes in the police department, officials said Friday.

As part of the city’s $153.1 million budget, council members approved changing the pay scale for officers from five steps to nine steps. The number of steps had been the same since 2009.

The newly approved structure slightly increases starting officer pay from $47,781 to $47,782 and raises the maximum pay from $54,694 to $57,653

Officers who have been with the department for eight years will be bumped up to the new maximum salary Oct. 1.

Unless the city approves another across-the-board cost of living increase, those officers will not get other salary increases in the upcoming budget cycle.

Continue reading this story from KETK newspaper partner the Longview News-Journal here.

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