A labor contract set to go to the Omaha City Council would give Police Chief Todd Schmaderer a 6 percent pay bump by 2014.
Under the agreement reached last week between the city and Omaha police managers, three of Schmaderer's four deputy chiefs would see salary increases of about 7 percent over the same period. The Mayor's Office has not yet released the contract to the council or to the public.
But a summary provided this week by Mayor Jean Stothert gives some details on the two-year deal, which covers the Police Department's five highest-ranking members.
Schmaderer's current $150,028 salary would increase to $153,711 for 2013 — he'd receive retroactive pay to account for the increase. It then would increase to $159,529 in 2014.
Deputy Chiefs Mary Newman and M. Elizabeth Davis, who both currently make $130,338, would be bumped up to $139,817 for 2014. Deputy Chief Gregory Gonzalez, currently making $122,030, would end up with a $130,460 annual salary at the end of the contract.
“The reason that we did this was to try to give them some incentive for these positions,” Stothert said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief David Baker, who makes $130,338, will not receive a raise. That's because he is part of the city's deferred retirement program, which allows police officers who have officially retired to continue working full time. The program withholds pension payments while Baker is on the job, and then he'll get a lump-sum payout when he steps down.
Stothert said adjustments to pay scales will provide more of an incentive for officers to rise through the ranks. Starting pay for deputy chiefs will increase to 5 percent more than top-level captains. The chief would make at least 10 percent more than the highest-paid deputy chiefs.
The deal also allows for some tuition reimbursement for work-related courses. Police managers with a doctorate would receive an extra $25 per pay period. Davis is the only current manager with a Ph.D.
It also provides for a drop in pension benefits for future hires. Maximum benefits will drop from 75 percent to 65 percent. New hires will also have to work longer to get the top benefits: 30 years, rather than 25.
The council will hold a public hearing on the contract in January. It will probably go to a vote at the council's first meeting in January.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated when a public hearing will be held.