City council votes for potential officer pay raises

Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 10:55 PM CST
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Meridian City Council approved a potential pay raise for the Meridian Police Department’s officers.

The council is planning to eliminate twelve police officer positions out of the 50 vacant positions to fund the pay raise. The council said the pay increase is one of several steps the city has taken to help recruit and retain officers.

“This process was just to allocate the money so that the chief and administration can actually look at the actual raises part. But we wanted to get that money allocated for them, showing our support for the police department, that she (police chief) could take and work with the administration and the finance department to dictate how that money is spent,” said Ward 3 Councilman Joe Norwood.

“I believe that we do need to increase police pay but we need to do it pragmatically. We don’t need to do it in spurts. We need to raise salaries in every department,” said Mayor Jimmie Smith.

The council proposes to raise officer pay up to $20 per hour.

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