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Fiscal Year budget for 2019 details a pay raise for Columbus Police officers

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Columbus Police could soon be getting a pay raise due to the proposed 2019 fiscal year budget.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson unveiled new details on the plan during this week's city council meeting.

Tomlinson says the city monitors the hiring level of their officers and compares those numbers to other similar districts to generate an appropriate salary figure for Columbus Police Department.

Tomlinson says currently the starting salary for an officer with a high school degree only for the police department is $39,491. The proposed fiscal year budget of 2019 proposes an adjustment in that a minimum for an officer with a high school degree to $40,401, which is an increase of $910.

Mayor Tomlinson spoke on that increased proposal a this week's city’s council.

“For those who are still at the lower levels of the police department, for instance, the corporals which are the next step up for the officers," says Tomlinson. "When we do adjust the hiring level we also look to see if those new hires are butting up against someone who has been here for a while and we make those adjustments.”

The budget proposes an increase in salary to $41,333 for an officer with an Associate degree, $42,581 for officers with a Bachelor's degree, and $43,830 for officers with a Master's degree.

Tomlinson also says there is a $2,000 signing bonus and a range of bonus incentives for those who qualify.

The budget will be voted on June 12th, 2018.

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