Raises sought in McDonald

McDONALD — Raises are under consideration for village police.

Village council heard first reading Wednesday of an ordinance that would give the police chief, lieutenant and six police officers raises of $1 an hour. The police chief now earns $24.88 an hour, the lieutenant earns $22.18 an hour and the six police officers earn $19.77 an hour.

The idea of raises was first floated in October when village officials said they wanted to explore the idea and possibly dole out raises as a way to keep McDonald police competitive with other area departments that have higher wages. The $1 an hour raises proposed would be given one time and cost the village approximately $17,000 more annually, according to fiscal officer Robin DeBow.

Council President Ray Lewis, who made the initial push for raises for law enforcement, said the department deserves a raise.

“We have perhaps the best police force in the entire tri-county,” Lewis said. “It’s well-deserved.”

Safety Committee Chair Scott Seitz asked for support from his colleagues on the raises.

“I certainly appreciate everyone’s support on this,” Seitz said. “They certainly deserve it.”

Police Chief Bill Woodley and Mayor Marty Puckett declined to comment.