- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
- John Boehner says GOP should support gay candidates: ‘I do’
- Grass-Whopper: Pan-fried cricket burgers go over big in New York City
- CDC sees measles spike and ‘failure to vaccinate’
Lanier signs contract to stay with D.C. police
The agreement also foregoes any annual bonuses or raises.
“The chief and I agreed that the current compensation is fair, and it recognizes the exceptional job that she has done,” Mr. Gray said Wednesday, praising her work on community policing and reducing the District’s homicide rate. He said the chief’s salary is “good.”
“It’s more than I make, and she deserves it,” he said.
Chief Lanier, whose salary was $175,000 when she started on the job in 2007, will be eligible for a 5 percent retention raise in 2015 under the new contract, Mr. Gray said. Retention raises of 15 percent are typical for police officers after 20 years on the force. Chief Lanier’s retention raise would go into effect at her 25th year with the department.
The contract agreement was signed Tuesday and comes a day after the department’s Fraternal Order of Police filed a lawsuit to prevent the chief from being involved as management in “making compensation-related decisions in the collective-bargaining process.”
“We cannot keep officers, and we cannot hire enough officers, because we have not had a contract in five years and we do not have competitive benefits. No cost-of-living raises, no compensation increases for five years — while, at the same time, the chief has increased her personal compensation by over 35 percent,” Mr. Baumann said. “The fact that the mayor and this city would give one person a contract without taking care of the rank and file is unforgivable.”
The lack of a contract has had little to any effect on the number of officers leaving the department, Mr. Gray said.
“I don’t think the attrition has increased at all. In fact I think it’s gone down a little bit,” he said. “We think we have a great police force in the city, and it’s a great place to work. I think that’s evidenced by the number of people who want to come here to work.”
A copy of Chief Lanier’s contract was not made available Wednesday.
The D.C. Council need not approve Chief Lanier’s new contract — nor did it approve her last one — but it likely will address legislation from the mayor that alters facets of her severance and longevity pay, council member Phil Mendelson said.
“The public is very happy with her,” said Mr. Mendelson, at-large Democrat and chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary. “Every poll shows she’s possibly the most popular government official” in the city.
Former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty appointed Chief Lanier head of the department after his election in 2006. A high public-approval rating and reductions in homicides earned her continued endorsement when Mr. Gray took office last year.
Terry Lynch, executive director of the Downtown Cluster of Congregations, praised the steps the department has taken under her leadership to be more responsive to residents’ concerns and inquiries.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- D.C. police officer linked to prostitution ring
- Wal-Mart greets first customers in D.C.
- No money sought for new D.C. firetrucks deemed 'oversight'
- Vincent Gray's scandals promise to tangle D.C. mayoral campaign
- D.C. Mayor Gray opts to run for re-election in D.C.
Latest Blog Entries
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- Activists urge Obama to go rogue, sidestep Congress
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- 'Hunger Games' delivers Obama's message on income inequality
- New battlefront emerges in war between Republicans, tea party
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- Obama administration issues permits for wind farms to kill more eagles
- Budget negotiators look to federal workers for benefit concessions
- Obama downplays IRS scandal, blames Obamacare rollout on 'outdated' agencies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
A politically conservative and morally liberal Hebrew alpha male hunts left-wing viper
This column will cover anything that has anything remotely to do with the game of baseball, from the game itself to mid-summer trades to offseason moves.
Entertainment News and Reviews from Washington, D.C. and beyond.
Political satirist and Christian apologist Bob Siegel discusses religion and politics.
White House pets gone wild!