LAWTON, Okla._Following months of contract talks between the city of Lawton and the police union, they've come to an agreement on a new labor deal.
The council voted Tuesday in favor of increasing starting officer pay from just over $31,000 to $36,545.The new contract also includes a one-time, $2,500 longevity benefit to be paid to current officers. The two sides have been negotiating since March on a new deal, to replace the contract that expired July 1. They've been operating under the terms of the previous deal since then.
"I think it is wonderful and I hope the police officers are happy with it, we did the best we could for them."
The city of Lawton announced a new contract agreement with the firefighters union in late November that increased the department's starting salary to roughly $36,500. The fire department contract, however, is for two years.