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Top Vancouver police officers to receive 6 percent raises

By Carlos Fuentes, Columbian staff writer
Published: April 26, 2023, 1:43pm

A renewed labor contract between the city of Vancouver and the Vancouver Command Guild guarantees 6 percent pay raises for the city’s top-ranking police officers this year.

Members of the guild, which includes Vancouver police lieutenants and commanders, will also receive 4 percent raises in 2024 and 2025.

A top-ranking commander who made $164,232 in 2022 could earn as much as $192,456 in 2025.

The contract — which the Vancouver City Council approved April 24 — introduced a retention incentive for officers who have been with the department for more than seven years. The retention pay bonus begins at 2 percent and will go as high as 8 percent for officers who have been with the department for more than 20 years.

The raises will cost the city about $1 million over the next three years, according to a city memo.

“The estimated shortfall is $140,090 and $153,718 for 2023-24 respectively but will likely be covered by salary savings due to vacant positions in police,” the memo states.

Vancouver Police Chief Jeff Mori reported 22 vacancies in the department at an April 17 city council meeting.

The contract also recognizes Juneteenth as a paid holiday for police officers.

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