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City approves police, dispatchers pay raise

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The City of Rio Rancho has unanimously approved a new agreement, including pay raises, with the police union.

During a 13-minute special meeting Tuesday, the Rio Rancho Governing Body approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the Rio Rancho Police and Communications Union. Interim City Manager John Craig said the agreement includes money for police and dispatcher pay raises to bring their wages more in line with surrounding agencies.

Multiple governing body members highlighted the role of law enforcement in the good reputation and environment of the community and said they supported the agreement.

“There’s nothing that makes me happier than to see you all get these raises, and I think it’s something well-deserved, so I truly do support this,” said Councilor Bob Tyler, a former police officer.

Mayor Gregg Hull had called a special meeting to have the agreement moved forward as quickly as possible.

According to the city, the contract includes raising starting officer salaries and the ability to promote through the ranks more quickly and earn higher pay.

Under the agreement, new cadets will earn $20 per hour rather than the previous $17.65 per hour.

An officer with eight years on the force will make $28 per hour instead of $23.28, and officers covered by the union will make $30 per hour, the top pay for the officer rank, in their 12th year with Rio Rancho Police Department.