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Chillicothe and its police force agree to 3-year union contract


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Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 8:15 PM CST
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CHILLICOTHE (25 NEWS) - The Chillicothe City Council and the community’s police officers have signed off on a three-year union contract providing pay raises, offering financial incentives for them to stay in shape, and a larger clothing allowance.

The residency requirement was also removed from the contract with members of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 247, which represents 10 officers when the department is fully staffed. The department is looking to hire that tenth officer.

The contract reduces the length of time it takes to reach full pay from 30 to 10 years, according to a news release from Police Chief Scott Mettille. Officers will also receive 3% raises in the second and third years of the deal.

The contract calls for officers to take a fitness test up to three times a year, and receive $400 each time they pass the fitness exam.

The clothing allowance increases from $800 to $1000 a year under the new contract that takes effect May 1.

The chief said there were no negotiations. He said the union submitted a proposal, then accepted the city’s first counter-proposal.

The Chillicothe City Council approved the contract at its meeting on Monday.

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