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City, police chiefs tentatively reach new 2-year deal

City, police chiefs tentatively reach new 2-year deal

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The City of Omaha and the police management bargaining unit have tentatively reached a new two-year contract agreement, the Mayor’s Office announced Wednesday.

The agreement applies to Omaha’s police chief and four deputy chiefs. The annual combined cost of salary increases in the contract would be about $22,000, according to Mayor Jean Stothert.

The mayor, city negotiators and Police Chief Todd Schmaderer could not be reached for comment Wednesday on details of the contract.

According to the Mayor’s Office, the contract would reduce future police chiefs’ and deputy chiefs’ maximum pension benefits. And it would require future managers to work at least 30 years, instead of the current 25, in order to receive maximum pension benefits. Managers would have to contribute an additional 1 percent into the pension fund.

Schmaderer’s current salary is $150,027. Three of the deputy chiefs are paid $130,338 a year, and one is paid $122,079.

The Mayor’s Office did not provide details on raises. One of the deputy chiefs, Dave Baker, is in the city’s deferred retirement program, and would not be eligible for a salary increase.

The agreement would require City Council approval. It’s scheduled for a public hearing on Dec. 17, and could be approved by the council on Jan. 7.

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