What's the difference in starting salaries and pay increases between the Lawrence Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff's Department?
Ray Hummert, Lawrence city clerk, said the starting salary for a new Lawrence police officer is $24,962 a year. The senior officers in the department earn salaries of $32,914. Hummert said police officers are eligible for a 5-percent salary adjustment after they pass a test given at the end of their first year of employment. Salary adjustments of up to 7.5 percent also are also available to officers who pass tests after their second and third years of service. Officers who pass a test and successfully complete oral interviews with their supervisors and the police chief at the end of their fourth year of service are eligible for a 5-percent salary adjustment.
Starting salaries for police officers are established on an annual basis, Hummert said. The city does meet with police in a meet-and-confer process to determine wages and benefits for police officers.
Pam Madl, director of administrative services for Douglas County, said the entry salary for sheriff's deputies is $22,901. Top salary for deputies is $33,592.
Madl said that under the county's compensation system all county employees, including deputies, are eligible for 1 percent annual experience awards if they have not reached the maximum salary for their positions. She said new employees also are eligible for 5-percent experience awards on the first anniversary of their employment.
Merit awards given to deputies are based upon an evaluation system within the sheriff's department and cost-of-living adjustments are given countywide at the discretion of the county commission, she said.