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Raleigh police, firefighters fight for more money at Tuesday meeting

Posted June 6, 2016 6:50 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh crime fighters and firefighters are not satisfied with a proposed pay increase and plan to fight for more money at a meeting Tuesday night at City Hall.

Police officers and firefighters say their pay is not competitive with local police departments of comparable size and other departments across the county.

The city is proposing a 3 to 3.5 percent increase, but union representatives are asking gor 5 to 10 percent.

"We have a retention problem here in Raleigh with retaining good-quality officers, and that is directly tied to our pay," said Jamie Rigsbee. "Our starting pay is one of the lowest in our county and we would say one of the lowest in our country."

According to the Raleigh Police Protective Association the breakdown for starting salary is:

  • Raleigh Police Department - $34,281
  • Cary Police Department - $40,456
  • Holly Springs Police Department - $41,689
  • Knightdale Police Department - $41,497
  • Fuquay-Varina Police Department - $39,624
  • Wake Forest Police Department - $38,309

The Raleigh City Council will also discuss the proposed budget for next year at Tuesday's meeting.