Gulfport Police Receive Pay Raise

Gulfport Police Department will receive a pay raise after the finalization of Gulfport’s 2015-2016 fiscal year budget.
Through the team work of Gulfport department heads and Gulfport City Council, the city has adopted a $55.7 million budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Mayor Billy Hewes said, “We’ve been going back and forth for a couple of months, at least now. There were some positions we wanted, some positions they wanted. Different exchanges. And that’s part of the negotiation, part of the process.”
Included in that budget is a $1000 cost of living adjustment, or COLA, for all city employees. Pay raises for Gulfport Police Department are also included. “We’ve had an issue, a concern with the police department. the ability to recruit, so we gave the sworn officers $2,000 a year,” said Mayor Hewes.
City officials went back and forth on whether to give that pay raise to Gulfport Police Department or Gulfport Fire Department.
Gulfport City Council approved the budget, including the pay raises, 6 to 1. Council member Ella Holmes believed that pay raises dealing with public safety should be spread evenly across the board. “Public safety is one division. When you decide to use pay disparity, I feel like that is not something that will help with moral.”
Gulfport Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt tells News 25 the department is still grateful to see some increase in pay. “There’s a tough finite budget they’re dealing with. So, they did their best to try to portion that money in a way they felt would be most beneficial to the city.”
That pay raise will become effective at the start of the new fiscal year, October 1st.

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