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December 23rd, 2009
Police, firefighters sign contracts

PD_group_123San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) officials celebrate the signing of the first “meet and confer” employment agreement with the City of San Marcos at a Tuesday ceremony. Front row, left to right: Kelly Earnest, Danny Arredondo, San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz and San Marcos City Manager Rick Menchaca. Second row, left to right: Daniel Castillo, Mike Sheffield, Sandra Spriegel, Loy Locke, Phillip Jackson, Warren Zerr, Carolyn Linér, Collette Jamison, Linda Spacek, Albert Pena, Terry Nichols, and Erin Clewell. Third row, left to right: Delton Duggins, Danny Fisher, David Campbell, Lisa Dvorak, City Councilman Gaylord Bose, Steve Parker, Andy Quittner, Donald Lee, Gean Tucker, and Chief Howard Williams. Photo by Don Anders.

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Members of the San Marcos Fire Department celebrate the signing of the first “meet and confer” employment agreement with the City of San Marcos at a Tuesday ceremony. Front row, left to right: Liz Baldinger, Clint Foehner, Craig Miller, Howard Minor, San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, San Marcos City Manager Rick Menchaca, Greg Sherrill, John Koenig, and Frank Arredondo. Standing, left to right: Kevin Holmes, James Frye, Paul Muth, Linda Spacek, Jeff Clark, Jim Matano, Andy Quittner, Carol Linér, Collette Jamison, Albert Pena, Steve Parker, Chief Les Stephens,  Len Nored,  Karl Kuhlman,  J.J. Torres and Larry Fassauer. Photo by Don Anders.

STAFF REPORT

Police and firefighters in San Marcos signed their first-ever meet and confer agreements with San Marcos city officials this week.

The police, represented by the San Marcos Police Officers Association (SMPOA), signed a three-year contract worth $1.8 million, increasing the average average salaries for the city’s 95 sworn police personnel by $19,400 at the end of three years,

The firefighters, represented by the San Marcos Professional Fire Fighters Association (SMPFFA), signed a three year contract for $900,000, increasing salaries for 52 firefighters an average of $20,000 per year after three years.

The contracts include incentives for longevity, education, bi-lingual aptitude and other categories. Also included are provisions saying the contracts may be re-opened for 60 days if the city determines that it can’t meet its funding obligations.

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