Nesquehoning looks at hourly pay scale for part-time police
Nesquehoning Borough Council will look to increase the wages of its part-time police officers on a sliding scale later this month.
During council’s workshop meeting on Wednesday, the board announced a new pay scale for part-time officers.
In January, council discussed the need to look at the hourly pay as a way to help keep part-timers on the borough police.
Councilwoman Rosemary Porembo announced that a vote will be taken during council’s March meeting at 6:30 p.m. on March 27.
The motion will include that the pay for part-time officers as soon as they are hired will be $12 with a bump to $18 after they get their Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission certification, as well as finish their ride along training and can begin patrolling on their own.
Porembo said that six months after a part-time officer receives his or her certifications, a pay increase to $19 will happen. Six months after that, the officer’s hourly wage will increase again to $20 and then to $22 a year later.
“This is something new to move forward with,” Porembo said, noting that there are no current part-time officers who completely fulfill all steps council will be voting on. Once officers are at that two-year mark, then the borough will revisit the need for incremental increases for three years and beyond.
The borough is also looking for someone to fill a vacancy on the town’s Uniform Construction Code Board.
Anyone interested in serving on the board is asked to submit a letter of interest to the borough, 114 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, as soon as possible.
Council discussed that details are being finalized for the tax credit program for volunteer firefighters in the borough. Action is expected to be taken on the matter later this month.
The sanitation committee is planning to meet to begin looking at what the borough wants for its next sanitation contract. The current contract expires later this year.