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City approves new contract for Farmington police

More than four months into the year, the Farmington City Council and police officers have come to terms on a two-year contract for the officers.

Farmington’s police officers have been working without a contract since their previous contract ended Dec. 31, 2013.

The two-year contract approved by council members during Monday’s meeting is in effect from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2015. It includes a 1.9 percent cost of living adjustment in 2014 for all police officers and another 1.9 percent cost of living adjustment in 2015.

The contract agreement with officers results in a $59,700 impact to the 2014 budget for the city of Farmington. Of that amount, $36,700 is attributed to salary increases, with the remainder going toward benefits.

Farmington police officers are represented by Law Enforcement Legal Services, Inc. This contract covers patrol officers only. A contract with Farmington police sergeants was settled Feb. 3.

The city of Farmington also settled contracts with the AFSCME maintenance and clerical units this year.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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