In a unanimous decision by the Ithaca Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and the Ithaca Common Council, a new labor contract has been ratified for 2024 through 2026.
The notable pact features significant wage hikes with minimal concessions from the PBA. Starting January 1st, 2024, an Ithaca Police Officer’s entry-level salary will jump from $57,461 to $74,000, and the top base salary will see an increase from $89,885 to $100,122 by the contract’s end.
Additionally, this agreement has introduced a separate pay scale for Ithaca Police Investigators, reflecting the growing demand for their specialized skills.
Ithaca PBA President Tom Condzella heralded the contract as “historic and unprecedented,” emphasizing the smooth negotiations and early agreement before the existing contract’s expiration. He praised both the city’s administration and the PBA for their collaborative efforts and lauded the contract as a testament to the city’s commitment to public safety and its police officers.
Condzella remains optimistic that the newly minted contract will help ameliorate staffing challenges, allowing officers to proactively combat crime and further foster community engagement. Potential recruits and lateral transfer candidates are encouraged to explore opportunities via the IPD’s official websites.
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