Police agree to concessions — 10 layoffs rescinded

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 28, 2011


The Troy Police Officer’s Association has agreed to concessions that saved 10 officers’ jobs.

Although details of the contract, which TPOA members approved June 27, weren’t available at press time, Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer had said he was confident that 10 percent concessions could be achieved. The council is expected to consider the contract at its July 11 regular meeting.

Ten Troy police officers with between two and five years of seniority had received layoff notices last week that would have taken effect July 8. City leaders had said they hoped to rescind the notices and fill the budget hole with sought-after concessions from the labor group that represents the sworn officers.

The current TPOA contract does not expire until June 30, 2013. The labor group agreed to reopen the contract in recognition of the current city budget shortfall, Troy Police Lt. Bob Redmond said. Early retirement incentives have also been offered to those officers eligible.

Mayer noted that the group that received the layoff notices represents the “future of the Police Department.”

TPOA President Michael Geise said he was “pleased that the layoff notices issued to members of our association will be recalled.”

Troy City Manager John Szerlag said that deep budget cuts in all areas of city services will be “necessary and will remain a reality going forward.”

Labor groups representing the Troy Command Officers Association — which represents sergeants, lieutenants and captains — and the Michigan Association of Police — comprising nonsworn personnel that staffs the dispatch center and jail evidence room, and provides administrative and support functions — have agreed to concessions. Talks also continue with the Troy Communications Supervisory Association, which represents supervisors in the dispatch area.

Under Option 1 of the city’s cost reduction plan, between 43 and 47 police positions were slated for elimination by July 1, 2013. However, due to attrition and retirements, only 21-23 officers will be laid off.

Eight command officers and five nonsworn members have agreed to early retirement incentives, and those positions will not be replaced.

Earlier this month, the remaining command officers completed a two-day training session with a facilitator to explore ways to manage with less staff.

“It was a very good experience,” Redmond said. “Our eyes were opened wider. We made a lot of administrative decisions as a group.”

There are 122 sworn police officers in the department. On July 1, 2008, there were 137 sworn officers.