Huntington Beach to Approve Deals With Police and Fire Execs

Huntington Beach city council members Monday night are expected to approve a labor contract with the city’s police management union and amendments to contracts for the police and fire chiefs.

The two-year police management deal, which expires in March 2016, includes a 6.75 percent wage increase for sworn employees, a 9 percent pension contribution for sworn staff, and the permanent elimination of a physical training program in exchange for an increased city contribution to medical benefits and 20-hour increase to executive leave hours.

To maintain salary distinctions between lower and upper-level employees, the city is following recent increases in compensation for its police and fire unions with similar raises for its police and fire chiefs.

Police Chief Robert Handy will receive the same percentage increase in longevity pay as members of the police management union, or 5 percent this December, and an additional 6 percent increase in 2016, or an additional $10,840 during fiscal year 2014-15 and $13,008 during 2015-16.

Fire chief Patrick McIntosh will receive a 3 percent increase in executive officer pay and additional holiday pay, which amounts to a salary increase of $14,843 a year.

The city council will hold a study session Monday at 4:00 pm followed by their regular meeting at 6:00pm. To view the full agenda online, click here.

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