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SLO increases pay range for police chief

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The SLO City Council has increased the salary range for its top police position.

As part of a larger vote on July 17 to approve adjustments to compensation packages for its unrepresented management employees, the council voted unanimously to increase the salary range for its chief of police by 7 percent.

The increase, which will take effect in August, was approved to offset cost of living increases for the SLO Police Department (SLOPD) captains, which shrank the salary gap between the two positions. The new salary range will not result in an automatic increase to the salary of incumbent SLO Police Chief Deanna Cantrell, though it could impact future pay raises she receives via the city's "pay for performance" program for management employees.

Unlike the chief position, salaries for the captains in the department are negotiated by a union, the San Luis Obispo Police Officers' Association. Under the terms of a four-year contract negotiated between the city and the union in 2015, members of the group, including captains, got a 2 percent cost of living pay increase in July of this year.

"Those increases, along with differences in health and retirement contributions, results in compaction between the chief and captain's total compensation," the city staff report stated.

According to the most recent compensation report from the California State Controller's Office, the SLOPD chief position's annual salary range was between $147,888 and $184,860 prior to the 7 percent adjustment. The annual pay for captains was between $124,306 and $160,654 prior to the July cost of living increase. Δ

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