The Cost of Public Safety in Brigantine

According to a recent Press of Atlantic City report: Brigantine fire captains were awarded 12 percent more pay per hour as the result of a labor grievance. The attorney for acting Police Chief; Ray Cox, wants city to pay court-ordered differential pay, about $10,000 so far. “The city’s playing a very dangerous game right now,” said Cox. Asking judge to order $1,000-per-day penalty against the city.

Voters will decide whether the Public Safety Director; Dan Howard, stays….or goes. A special election will be held this spring. That referendum election could cost city taxpayers about $25,000.

All three departments ( PD, FD & Beach ) are still in contract negotiations. The city wants to block pay increases and get rid of stuff like longevity pay. Mayor Guenther (R) said savings should come through renegotiated contracts and department restructuring. Councilman Rick DeLucry (D) said pay scales were inflated under the leadership of prior administrations that included Guenther.

Read Full Story Here from Wallace McKelvey in the Press of Atlantic City

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