Parma approves new contract with correction officers

December 19, 2018 by  

Recently, the Parma City Council approved a new contract with Parma’s correction officers. Under the new agreement, they will receive a two-percent raise in 2018, and a similar raise in 2019 and again in 2020.

Officials were pleased with the outcome of the process, which they say set a good precedent for future contract negotiations. With regard to the correction officers, Thomas Weinreich, the Director of Public Safety for Parma, called them the “front-line people at the jail”. He went on to add that most of the groups who have renegotiated their contracts this year received the same terms; the police officers received two-percent increases earlier this year.

Tim DeGeeter, Parma’s mayor said he realizes the Parma police are hard-working officers who do an outstanding job, but officials have to look at the entire city, and be fair to all its employees. Officials considering measures like this might use flyer printing to create materials updating residents.

Patrolman Matt Keehl, who is the director of the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the police union, said he was happy with the contract, calling it a “step in the right direction.” The Parma Fire Department also received two-percent increases after their contract was renegotiated in the spring.

DeGeeter says the city now has a pattern to follow going forward, and most importantly, it seems almost everyone is happy with it.