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Jun 6, 2012 1:31 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Quogue Village Approves Five-Year Contract With Police Benevolent Association

Jun 6, 2012 2:00 PM

After nearly two years of negotiations, the Quogue Village Board last week signed a new contract with the Quogue Police Benevolent Association that will increase the salaries of officers by 3 percent each year. The five-year contract, which is retroactive to June 1, 2010, expires on May 31, 2015.

The previous contract, which was valid from June 1, 2005, until May 31, 2010, offered officers annual salary increases ranging from 4 percent to 4.4 percent, based on the number of years they had been employed by the village. The 3-percent raises that the officers are owed over the last two years will be given to them in one lump sum, according to Quogue Village Deputy Clerk Denise Michalowski.

Multiple calls placed to Officer Ethan Theune, the president of the Quogue PBA, were not returned this week.

The new contract was unanimously approved by the Village Board during a special meeting last Thursday, May 31. Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius said the contract is very similar to the expired accord, though officials did some “general cleaning up” with the new contract, and added a provision that outlines the procedures to follow if an officer is injured in the line of duty. Officers seeking disability benefits must now submit a written report of the incident within 48 hours of its occurrence, and Quogue Village Police Chief Robert Coughlan must review each disability benefit application. If the chief determines that an employee is eligible for those benefits, he or she is entitled to full pay and all medical expenses are covered.

Under the new contract, officers starting in 2012 will make $61,543 a year, with a 3 percent increase for each year after. Under the old contract, officers hired as of June 2009 made $56,320 per annum. An officer with a year of experience will make $67,081 this year, under the terms of the new contract, while a seventh-year officer will make $112,860, the top pay. A first-year detective will make $121,537 this year, a first-year sergeant, $124,883, and a first-year lieutenant, $136,529, according to a copy of the contract.

Chief Coughlan is not a member of the PBA.

Police department employees are entitled to longevity pay after 5 years of service, starting at $2,025 for officers, $2,125 for detectives, $2,225 for sergeants and $2,525 for lieutenants. They are entitled to 4.6 percent of their base pay after 10 years of service, 6.9 percent of their base pay after 15 years of employment, and 8.5 percent after 20 years, all of which remained the same under the new contract.

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