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Police force receives pay bump


Prescription plan change cuts expense

West Linn’s police force is getting a bump in pay thanks to a new bargaining agreement.

Under a new three-year agreement between the city and West Linn police officers, the new contract includes a 2 percent cost of living increase in the first year.

To help offset the costs of the pay hike, union members agreed to a change in their prescription plan that provides ongoing savings to medical premiums. Prescription co-pays will go from $10 to $15 for tier one employees, from $15 to $30 for tier two employees and from $25 to $50 for tier three employees.

The police union’s last increase was on July 1, 2011, when the union accepted a raise of 3.5 percent. The new increase in pay will cost the city approximately $32,000 annually. The base pay for West Linn officers ranges from $52,457 to $68,286 annually. Police Chief Terry Timeus currently earns $112,752 annually.

Lake Oswego’s police chief is at the top of the city’s pay range at $129,979 annually and Lake Oswego officers earn between $52,020 and $66,414 a year.

The West Linn City Council approved a resolution authorizing the three-year contract during its Nov. 19 meeting. The new contract goes into effect retroactively to July 1, 2012.