With officer retention challenging Juneau Police Department, Juneau Assembly ratified an agreement between the city and police union during its Monday meeting.
Juneau police personnel will receive 2 percent raises, plus retention bonuses for sworn officers.
The raises will cost the city $281,000.
Firefighters also were set to receive a 2 percent raise. But the Juneau’s 42 unionized firefighters decided not to ratify the $204,000 deal.
“There was a misunderstanding or an issue with the contract and the union didn’t ratify it,” Juneau Fire Chief Rich Etheridge said. “Now the city administration and the union have to meet and discuss what the issues with the contract are.”
Juneau Mayor Ken Koelsch also reopened Assembly discussion about Capital City Fire/Rescue’s request for additional funds for ambulance crews.
A public hearing on the $350,000 request is scheduled for Aug. 13.
The Assembly likely will consider the funding request at its Aug. 8 finance committee meeting.
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- Dunleavy’s office described the events as discussions of the governor’s budget plan and amendment proposals. The next day, Americans for Prosperity Alaska posted online that it was hosting the events, along with terms and conditions for attendees.
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- Medicaid is one of the areas of state government where Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration is looking to make the largest spending cuts. Administration officials released details of those changes for the first time Tuesday.