After months of tweaking an agreement acceptable to both parties, the Wolverine Lake Village Council and the village’s police command officers have struck a four-year agreement that is retroactive to July 1, 2010 and runs through June 30, 2014.
“It was a lot of house-keeping (and) clean up,” said Ed Sienkiewicz, a village councilman and member of the village’s negotiations committee. “There was a lot of conversation to get the verbiage down, but no stumbling blocks.”
The command officers staff is comprised of Captain John Ellsworth and Sergeant Dave Cunningham.
The duo made concessions on compensation time, which was reduced from 200 hours to 120 hours. They also agreed to change the health insurance opt-out date to Dec. 31 to coincide with the patrol officers’ contract.
“We wanted both groups to have the same date,” said Village Council President John Magee.
Otherwise, the contract is status quo with no additional pay for the duration of the agreement and no changes to holidays or the vacation schedule.
“It gives each some assurance of where we are going,” Magee said. “Though there’s no raise, there’s no cut, either. It gives them some stability for the next four years.”
The contract was structured to mirror the officers’ contract.
“It’s pretty obvious we understand the situation the village is in,” Ellsworth said. “Fund balance is fine, but we make a good living and it’s in the best interest of the village (for us) to not hold them hostage for more money.” Ellsworth said the contract was fair overall.
“We have a good working relationship between us and council — we are satisfied where we are now,” Ellsworth said.