UPDATE: The township and Cinnaminson Police Department agreed to a five-year contract that includes a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for the first four years of the contract, according to the Burlington County Times.
The cost-of-living pay increase for the fifth year of the contract, 2017, is 2.25 percent, the Times reported. Police officers will continue to pay toward health benefits, with the average employee paying about 35 percent of his health care costs by the end of the contract.
Members of the Cinnaminson Police Department and township officials praised each other Monday for each side’s efforts in crafting a new police contract.
Township committee approved the contract earlier this month, and both sides said the negotiation process was a collaborative effort.
Officer Richard Calabrese thanked township committee and the contract committee for their efforts, and also specifically recognized Public Safety Director—and interim township administrator—Mickey King for his contributions.
“Since his induction into the department, Director King’s leadership traits and style have made the Cinnaminson Police Department an efficient, well-respected, and highly-organized organization,” said Calabrese. “He continues to provide the department with tremendous support and new ideas.”
Mayor Ben Young was equally effusive and thanked the members of the Cinnaminson Police Association for their work.
“You guys did a terrific job,” Young said.The terms of the contract were not disclosed at the township meeting. Stay with Cinnaminson Patch for more details on the contract when they become available.