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Council ratifies Woodbury police contract for 2016-18

Woodbury police will receive a 2.5 percent wage adjustment in 2016, with more coming in 2017 and 2018.

The Woodbury City Council ratified the Woodbury Police Officers Association contract after a brief closed meeting on Oct. 14. The contract is for three years, 2016-2018, and includes general wage adjustments during the same period.

In 2017, police officers will receive a 2.7 percent wage adjustment. In 2018, they will receive a 3.0 percent wage adjustment. According to the Oct. 14 agenda memo regarding the contract, the wage settlements are in line with those of other cities of comparable size.

The contract also increases the clothing allowance from $815 to $890 for each contract year. New employees do not get the clothing allowance until they complete their one-year probation term.

The contract also allows any officer injured on duty to receive up to 720 working hours without any loss to sick leave or vacation, if a certain set of workers compensation criteria are met.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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