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November 2, 2004

Albany - After a couple of back and forth votes by Albany city leaders, Albany police and firefighters will get a raise. Tuesday, Albany commissioners approved a $1,400 a year raise for all sworn public safety officers, which breaks down to $116.67 a month.

"Timing is everything," said Albany Interim Police Chief Bob Boren. "We've gone through some tough times in the last few months, and I think this will be a sign to the men and women of the police department that the City does care about them."

"Public safety must be competitive. This will help us with recruitment and retention," said Albany Fire Chief Jimmy Arrowood.

Commissioners voted against the raise last month. The raise will cost the city $660,000 a year. The city is using money allocated for unfilled position to pay for the raise this fiscal year, but must find another way to fund the raise in the next budget.

Talk of a raise for non-sworn public safety employees was put on hold until January 18th.

Posted at 10:45PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com