Stonington selectmen OK contract with pay raises for police officers

Stonington - The Board of Selectmen on Monday approved a new three-year contract with the town's police union that grants officers pay raises of 2.4 percent each year. The contact is retroactive to July 1, 2013.

According to the contract, in the current 2014-15 budget, a starting patrolman would earn $53,750 while an officer in his or her fifth year would earn $69,704. The salaries do not include overtime.

Officers also will switch their health insurance plan from Blue Cross/Blue Shield Century Preferred Plan to their choice of a preferred provider organization plan or a high deductible health plan with a health savings account. The town will contribute half of the annual $2,000 single or $4,000 family deductible for the HDHP.

Employees with the PPO who contribute 15 percent of the premium in 2014-15 would contribute 16 percent next year. Those with the HDHP who contribute 13 percent of the premium in 2014-15 and would contribute 14 percent next year.

A section was added to the contract to cover the operation of the department's K9 officer.

- Joe Wotjas

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