Police union, City reach tentative contract agreement

November 09, 2018 - 9:18 am

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- After being without a contract for almost a year, city leaders and the Austin Police Association have come to terms on a tentative agreement.

In December 2017, Austin City Council members voted down the last police contract. Following that move, APA moved to operate under the state's civil service law instead of immediately going back to the negotiating table.

The tentative four year deal has not been fully released yet, but officials say the agreement calls for new hires to get a 1% pay raise after their first year, and 2% in each of the following years.

"I believe the outcome of the negotiations has resulted in a fair deal that balances the priorities of our community, our police officers and our City leaders," City Manager Spencer Cronk said.

City Council is also expected to take up the creation of an Office of Police Oversight. In a memo to City Council last week, Cronk wrote, "We have always been the leader in this area, by having the only civilian police oversight office in the State of Texas. Establishing the Office of Police Oversight and expanding its scope is an important step to improving and maintaining public trust in APD and oversight in our community."

Council will discuss Cronk's proposal at its November 15 session. It's not clear when Council will take up the new agreement, which must also be approved by the full APA membership.

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