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Walnutport inks new contract with police

Walnutport police officers have a new four-year pact in place.

On a 6-0 vote Thursday, borough council renewed the police contract. Councilman Sam Hartman was absent.

It spans from Jan. 1, 2024 through Dec. 31, 2027, and calls for salary increases in each of the four years for full-time officers.

Full-time officers will get a $2 per hour bump in 2024, and a $1 an hour raise in 2025, 2026, and 2027.

The department has four full-time officers, counting its police chief. Additionally, it has one 32-hour officer, and several part-time officers.

After the meeting, Councilwoman Jennifer Wentz said the current contract was set to expire Dec. 31.

“It wasn’t a surprise we ended up having to do this,” Wentz said. “The bargaining unit for the police were very happy; this was a very smooth negotiation.”

Wentz noted that the full-time officers have been with the borough for many years, and felt it was important to be able to keep stability in the borough.

“They have been with us for years; they know the area,” she said. “We have that, we want to maintain that.”

In the end, Wentz said the agreement works well for all involved.

“We want to be competitive,” she said. “This was a very agreeable contract; I think everybody’s walking away from this very happy.”