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Brentwood Police Chief Wants More Officers, But Not at the Cost of Raises

Chief Disbennett said city employees wouldn't be happy with him if they lost raises because of him.

The Brentwood Board of Aldermen are working on finalizing the city's 2013 budget, and one consideration is whether or not to include additional police officers.

Chief of Police Steve Disbennett said he wanted three more patrol officers, but in a later meeting said he didn't want extra hires to come from funds slated for city employee raises.

"The employees of this city would not be happy with me, knowing that they lost a merit raise based on the fact that we hired employees," he said at the Nov. 15 Public Safety Committee meeting. He said merit raises and additional officers should be separate issues.

To back up his assertion for more officers, Disbennett compared Brentwood to Durango, CO. He said Durango has a population of 17,000 but has over 27,000 people in town on a regular basis.

"I think there’s been estimates of 30-40,000 people in this town at one time. I don’t know if that’s correct, but I think that should be factored," he said.

The Brentwood Board of Aldermen, at its Nov. 19 meeting, agreed to keep a 3 percent merit raise for city employees in the proposed 2013 Brentwood city budget.

The proposed budget includes a contribution (approx. $135,000) to the General Fund reserve, which is boosted by an excess (approx. $215,000) TIFF revenue surplus from Brentwood Square. Those numbers come from Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Alderman Tom Kramer.

The aldermen will take up the budget again at the Dec. 3 meeting. The quesiton of additional officers won't be answered until the 2013 budget passes, as a whole.

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  • Brentwood City Employees to Keep 3 Percent Merit Raise in New Budget
Kay Scott-Boyd November 28, 2012 at 11:03 PM
I think it would be fair to give merit raises to those who truly deserve them BUT, I also think that the city employees should have to shoulder some of the burden for raising healthcare costs. Maybe I live under a rock but I do not know ANY companies that pay all of the premiums for healthcare for their employees.
Richard Emery December 03, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Kay, as an owner of a company with 45 employees, I can tell you that we and most companies require employee participation on their healthcare premiums. I , also, give merit raises based on performance and not everyone equally, because the value of an employee is fully depending on them and their performance at their job.

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