Village signs new contract with police

The Hinsdale Village Board and Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council have signed a new three-year deal that provides a 2.5-percent increase in the first year.

The tentative contract, which covers 18 police officers (detectives and uniformed officers) below the rank of sergeant, was ratified by the FOP May 19 and approved by trustees at Tuesday night’s meeting. The previous agreement expired April 30.

“I’d like to thank the village staff for all their work on this,” Village President Tom Cauley said, noting the consumer price index is at 11.6 percent. “I think this is a good agreement.”

Village staff met with union reps four times and trustees discussed the agreement in closed session in March and May, said Trustee Matt Posthuma, chairman of administration and community affairs for the village.

The 2.5 percent increase for the first year has been included in the budget, Posthuma said. The contract also provides a 2.75-percent raise in the second year and a 3-percent raise in the third.

Under the first year of the contract, the salary range would be $73,854 to $111,088, according to Chief Brian King.

The agreement also gives police an additional eight-hour floating holiday and outlines new procedures to fill vacant shifts with less than 24 hours’ notice to streamline the process. Language regarding the probationary period for officers and insurance has been updated as well.

Any benefit changes that are part of the new agreement also will be passed along to unrepresented employees.

That includes expanding the use of existing special leave benefits to include the birth or adoption of an employee’s child within 30 days of the event.

The contract runs through April 30, 2025.