Reynoldsburg police officers could receive a 3% annual raise for the next three years, according to a pending collective-bargaining agreement.

CORRECTION: Reynoldsburg City Council is expected to vote June 10 on contracts with the city's police force. Because of a reporter's error, an earlier online version of this story included an incorrect date.

Reynoldsburg police officers could receive a 3% annual raise for the next three years, according to a pending collective-bargaining agreement.

City Council heard the first reading of two contracts May 13: one between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9 and the other with the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. The unions represent about 50 police officers, sergeants and lieutenants.

Council is expected to vote on the contracts at its June 10 meeting. If approved, the agreements would be retroactive to Jan. 1 and go through Dec. 31, 2021.

“The negotiation process took us deep into 2019 but the result of that is a win-win,” police Chief David Plesich said. “The raises that the officers received allow us to be competitive with other cities our size, so we can still attract the best and the brightest because we’re compensating our officers the amount that they should be compensated.

“It's great that the city is in the position to be able to pay them what the market values their services at because if we don’t, somebody else will.”

In addition to 3% annual raises in 2019, 2020 and 2021, the agreements stipulate that officers are permitted to work up to 20 hours a week on special-duty assignments.

The agreement requires the city to pay the cost of a $100,000 life insurance policy and offer medical, vision, dental and prescription benefits “on the same basis as this benefit is provided to non-bargaining unit employees of the city.”

Council’s May 28 meeting is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St.

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