Council of the village of Bellaire invited to examine the salaries of the police officers | News, Sports, Jobs
BELLAIRE – Police Chief Dick Flanagan has asked Bellaire Village Council to consider increasing the starting salary of officers in his department.
At a regular board meeting Thursday, Flanagan said his department was losing officers to departments that pay higher salaries.
He said the department only had five officers left, without himself. The starting salary at Bellaire is $ 13.42 per hour. Flanagan said this salary is much lower than the starting salaries of other local departments.
He said Powhatan Point cops are starting to make $ 17 an hour; $ 17.15 at Shadyside; $ 17.25 at Bridgeport; $ 20.34 to Martins Ferry; $ 15 in Barnesville with an increase to $ 17 after one year; and $ 24.53 in St. Clairsville.
Flanagan said his lieutenant, who has worked in the department for many years, earns $ 18.93 an hour.
“They are leaving for higher wages,” he said. “I didn’t ask the council for anything. … We need a competitive salary so that we can start recruiting better people and keeping them here. “
Auditor Tom Sable said he would start to “work out some numbers” to find out what the village could afford. Flanagan said his officers were working overtime to cover any necessary shifts. Village lawyer Michael Shaheen felt that what is paid overtime could potentially help the village pay higher salaries for agents.
Flanagan said that at one point the department had nine officers in total, but was “still understaffed.”
“If you combine four of the calls from these departments, they don’t come close to the calls we are dealing with and the situations we are dealing with,” Flanagan said. “The officers who left did not want to leave. They had no problem with the administration. … It’s all about the money.
Flanagan added that his officers also did their job well every day patrolling the streets.
In other department news, Flanagan said full-time officers in his department are expected to receive new body cameras thanks to a grant obtained by Lt. JJ Watson.
In other areas, City Councilor Donnie Maupin informed Mayor Vince DiFabrizio that some lights on Belmont Street in front of Gulla and other businesses were not working. Maupin expressed his concern for people trying to cross the street in this neighborhood at night.
DiFabrizio said he believes these particular lights are all on the same circuit that needs to be fixed.