Chariho School Parents’ Forum

July 19, 2009

More Police Contract info

Filed under: contract negotiations,Hopkinton,Police,transparency — Editor @ 2:11 pm

The new police contract is on the HTC agenda to be voted on for ratification on Monday. Unfortunately, I will be at the NCSL next week  but I wanted to continue posting information on the current police contract.  I’ve already gone on record as voting against the new contract for a variety of reasons (no, you haven’t heard about the votes like you did at Chariho. At HTC they chose to take “consents” which don’t require public notification).

But I’m just going to review the current contract until the new one is released

To establish our place in the hierarchy of wealth in RI I posted census data –  we are 19th in per capita income, 18th in median household income, and 21st in median family income. In a population of 39 cities and towns I think it is reasonable to say that Hopkinton is slightly below average in regards to income.

Here are the police salaries ranked among the same population.

Recruit and top-level patrol

Town recruit 09 Town Top Patrol
 West Warwick  $50,967.54  Westerly  $63,121.00
 Pawtucket  $46,069.00  Warwick  $59,281.56
East Greenwich $45,779.00 Hopkinton  $55,288.00
 North Prov  $43,945.00 charlestown $54,081.00
charlestown $43,004.00  Johnstown  $53,964.45
 Smithfield  $42,954.00  South Kingstown  $53,878.00
Coventry $42,810.04  Pawtucket  $53,539.85
 Johnstown  $42,559.53  Lincoln  $53,536.00
Bristol $42,447.44  Narragansett  $53,054.88
 North Smithfield  $42,016.00  Scituate  $52,691.60
 Little Comp  $41,320.00 Coventry $52,442.52
 Gloster  $41,134.00 East Greenwich $51,946.17
 Newport  $40,793.00  Gloster  $51,527.30
 Cumberland  $40,384.67  Portsmouth  $51,436.67
Cranston $39,529.18  Jamestown  $51,252.56
 Portsmouth  $39,474.00  North Prov  $50,984.20
 New Shoreham  $39,198.00 Barrington $50,857.00
Burrilville $38,688.30  Newport  $50,675.00
 Middletown  $38,669.00  Woonsocket  $49,202.61
 South Kingstown  $38,508.00  Middletown  $49,202.00
 Scituate  $38,064.00  West Greenwich  $49,190.26
 West Greenwich  $37,404.81  North Smithfield  $48,973.08
Hopkinton  $37,252.00  Smithfield  $48,524.00
 Warren  $37,111.00  Richmond  $48,364.00
 Richmond  $37,064.00  Warren  $47,271.00
 Westerly  $36,964.00  Little Comp  $46,537.00
 Warwick  $36,764.00 Central Falls $43,309.00
 Narragansett  $36,236.92 Cranston  
Barrington $36,098.00  Cumberland   
 Lincoln  $36,041.00 Bristol  
 Jamestown  $36,016.00 Burrilville  
 Woonsocket  $35,399.14  New Shoreham   
Central Falls $32,935.24  West Warwick   

 

Sergeants and Lieutenants

Town Sgt 2009 Town Lt 09
 Warwick  $67,860.00  Warwick  $74,048.00
 Westerly  $67,795.00 Cranston $66,082.35
Cranston $60,090.03  Pawtucket  $65,983.32
 Pawtucket  $60,009.00 Barrington $65,426.00
Hopkinton  $58,543.00  Newport  $65,005.00
 Newport  $58,435.00 charlestown $63,953.00
charlestown $58,135.00  Narragansett  $62,937.00
Barrington $57,319.00  Smithfield  $62,450.00
 Narragansett  $57,215.00 East Greenwich $62,295.00
East Greenwich $57,120.00 Hopkinton  $61,693.00
 Smithfield  $56,880.00 Coventry $61,176.44
 Lincoln  $56,735.00  North Prov  $61,101.00
 Scituate  $56,680.00  Portsmouth  $60,649.00
Coventry $56,642.56  Johnstown  $60,628.86
 Johnstown  $56,622.93  South Kingstown  $60,098.00
 South Kingstown  $56,378.00  West Warwick  $59,255.82
 West Warwick  $56,134.26  Jamestown  $58,907.99
 North Prov  $55,943.00  Middletown  $58,665.00
 Portsmouth  $55,248.00  Lincoln  $58,644.00
 Richmond  $55,160.00 Bristol $58,194.72
 Cumberland  $54,756.68 Burrilville $57,785.09
 Middletown  $54,562.00  West Greenwich  $56,868.36
Bristol $54,387.58  Woonsocket  $56,500.26
 West Greenwich  $54,101.00  Cumberland  $56,464.43
 Jamestown  $53,844.00  Gloster  $55,905.00
 Gloster  $52,905.00  Warren  $54,860.00
Burrilville $52,708.41  Little Comp  $54,467.00
 Woonsocket  $52,291.57  New Shoreham  $53,747.00
 North Smithfield  $52,260.00  North Smithfield  $53,612.00
 Warren  $51,806.00 Central Falls $49,583.00
 Little Comp  $51,060.00  Richmond   
 New Shoreham  $46,538.00  Scituate   
Central Falls $46,340.84  Westerly   

“Raises” are a combination of the reported “raise” plus steps and longevity. The current Hopkinton police contract has raises ranging from a low of 3.5% and a high of 16% – the average raise for the HPD in the newly expired contract was 7.2%.

In review, Hopkinton is below average on income but we have much higher than average police salaries.  I find this especially troubling considering all the problems (and legal fees) associated with this highly paid department. I don’t feel like I’m getting my money’s worth.

Later tonight I will post the numbers comparing our current pension system with one used in the private market (defined benefit versus defined contribution).

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1 Comment »

  1. Are the free donuts, coffees and other perks included as a show of presense to establishments.

    Comment by Nate — July 19, 2009 @ 4:19 pm | Reply


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