Huntington Beach

Police contract approved on 6-1 vote

A CONTRACT between the city and the police union was approved by the Huntington Beach City Council Tuesday night (Shutterstock).

A new contract with the police union carrying a price tag of $822,613 was approved by the Huntington Beach City Council Tuesday night.

The council voted 6-1 in favor of the agreement, which runs retroactively from Oct. 21, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2019. Mayor Erik Peterson cast the sole dissenting vote.

He said that organizations representing other departments had “came to the plate” in terms in making more modest requests, but the Police Officers Association had not.

“It’s double what everybody else got, or more,” said the mayor. “I think it’s unfair to every other bargaining unit we talked to. We told them ‘everyone’s getting the same’ or close to … and this went well beyond.”

The cost to city coffers breaks down in this way: $460,493 in recurring costs and $361,520 in one-time expenses.

This “memorandum of understanding” includes vacation benefits, retirement medical costs, compensatory time off, a one-time $1200 equipment allowance and changes in the staffing of the dispatch operation.

Also on Tuesday night, the council voted 7-0 to create an ad hoc committee to study possible revisions in the city charter. The committee will be composed of Mayor Peterson and council members Mike Posey and Jill Hardy.

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