After many months of negotiating, the city of Cornelius and the Cornelius Police Officers Association have reached agreement on a three-year contract.

“This has been two years in the making,” said Interim Cornelius Police Chief Ken Summers. “In the last couple months there has been a new willingness to set aside our differences and work together.”

The long, drawn-out negotiations were hampered by tension and hostility between labor and management, which exploded last October when four officers presented city councilors with allegations of misconduct by top police officials.

Monday night, the Cornelius City Council voted unanimously to approve the agreement, which is retroactive to July 1, 2012, and will be in effect through June 30, 2015.

Council member Dave Schamp said he appreciated the good-faith efforts of both sides in reaching common ground.

“Congratulations on a good piece of work. I know how challenging this was, and appreciate the willingness of the CPOA to work with the city,” said Schamp.

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