By Rick Palsgrove
The city of Groveport and its police officers have agreed on a new contract.
The three year contract, approved by Groveport City Council on July 23, runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021. Police officers also recently ratified the contract.
The contract applies to patrol officers and detectives who are members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Capital City Lodge #9.
According to Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall, the new contract took effect with the officers’ first paycheck in July and included an additional, one time $2,000 lump sum payment.
Under the contract, the officers will receive a 3 percent pay raise in the first year of the contract, a 3 percent pay raise in the second year, and a 3.25 percent increase in the third year.
Groveport Police Chief Ralph Portier called the officers’ new contract, “a good thing,” and thanked the city for its efforts.
“This was not an adversarial negotiation,” said Portier. “The city really stepped up to the plate.”
The department’s police sergeants and lieutenants are not part of the new agreement because they have their own separate contract, which is being negotiated with the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (OPBA), according to Hall. The police captains and police chief do not have negotiated collectively bargained contracts.