Mayor John Hickenlooper today announced a tentative agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police that will help balance the 2010 budget.
Fraternal Order of Police leadership has agreed to alter their contract with the City to create a general fund savings of $2.5 million next year. Union membership must still vote to approve the new contract. The agreement is similar to deals reached in recent weeks with the Police Protective Association and Denver Firefighters Local 858. Specifically:
- A scheduled 4.5 percent salary increase for sheriff deputies in 2010 will be delayed to Dec. 19, 2010.
- The City’s contract with the Fraternal Order of Police will be extended two years. Sheriff deputies will receive a 3 percent salary increase in December 2011 and another 3 percent salary increase in July 2012.
- No sheriff deputies will be laid off or forcibly furloughed during the term of the contract.
Fraternal Order of Police membership is expected to vote on the agreement next week.
“We are happy the City and Fraternal Order of Police leadership found a way to obtain the needed budget savings and avoid any layoffs,” Mayor Hickenlooper said. “This agreement is a testament to the collaborative relationship we have with our sheriff deputies, and we appreciate the Fraternal Order of Police for helping us during these difficult economic times.”
A statement from City Council President Jeanne Robb:
“We are grateful for the service our sheriff deputies provide our community every day. On behalf of City Council, I want thank the Fraternal Order of Police leadership for joining the City’s other safety unions in supporting a change to its contract to help the City.”
A statement from Mike Jackson, president of the Fraternal Order of Police:
“We feel that this tentative agreement allows for Denver Deputy Sheriffs to assist the city in the current budget crisis in a manner that is fair to everyone. We have always taken our commitment of service to the City and County of Denver seriously and we feel this is a further demonstration of that commitment.”