Nine ranking officers get new contract

NILES — City Council has approved a three-year contract with the police union for nine ranking officers.

According to Mayor Steven Mientkiewicz, the contract does not involve a wage increase, but does involve improved health care benefits.

The city and the police union negotiated a health care premium that will increase over the next three years. In 2019, officers will pay a 5 percent premium, rising to 7 percent in 2020 and 10 percent in 2021. Officers previously paid a 5 percent premium toward health care.

Mientkiewicz said it is the city’s intent to bring their contribution to health care up to a standard that is close to average.

The police union has approved the agreement, and both parties are expected to sign the contract in the next few weeks. The contract will be effective immediately.