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Pasco City Council Votes to Increase Officer's Pay & Benefits

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PASCO, WA - The Pasco City Council has voted to increase wages and improve benefits for city police officers. 

The measure was overdue by a year and three months and is supposed to be renegotiated every two years. 

But it took more than six months for the police union and the city to come to an agreement. 

Because of that delay, this agreement will now only last for the next nine months. 

"This is for a two-year rollover and at the end of this year we will have to negotiate for another two-year contract. We've been working on this contract for about six months and we were really glad to see that the union came together with the city and we got a good compromise and I was really pleased to see that the council voted on it. Both sides understood that they weren't going to get everything that they wanted and I think it came to a fair agreement," says Chief Bob Metzger, Pasco Police Chief. 

Officers in Pasco will now get a 2% pay increase and better health benefits for less money.