FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2022
Lauren Monitz, Communications Director
[email protected] | Phone: 409-880-3717
City of Beaumont Signs New Labor Agreement with the Beaumont Police Officers Association
The City is excited to announce a new four-year contract has been executed between the Beaumont Police Officers Association and the City of Beaumont, effective October 31, 2022.
Specifically designed to be more competitive in recruiting and retaining officers, City Manager Kenneth R. Williams explains, "We want police officers to come to Beaumont knowing we appreciate and take care of our own and recognize the important role first-responders play in our community. We are pleased to be able to offer better benefits, pay, equipment, and training as our officers nurture positive relations with the citizens of Beaumont."
Some of the highlights of the new contract include:
A Compressed Pay Scale – It previously took 20 years to earn top officer pay; that's been reduced to 10 years.
Lateral Entry Hiring – A new program designed to transfer years of service credit from other departments to ensure new officers are properly compensated when bringing on-the-job experience from other cities.
Additional Incentives – An increased stipend for body armor, two additional holidays, and a $2,000/year bonus for already certified officers up to five years.
"I spent months analyzing what it would take to attract top talent to Beaumont and get our exceptional officers to stay in Beaumont, said Beaumont Police Officers Association President Robert Campbell. "We're very pleased with the new contract and believe we're now able to be more competitive with cities of our size and caliber and look forward to our continued work to protect and serve the citizens."
About the Beaumont Police Officers Association: The Police Department is the largest department in the City. Their mission is to protect lives, property, and the rights of our citizens, while maintaining order, enforcing the law, and providing quality services to the community. They are collectively designated as a Union who negotiates on behalf of their employees.
About the City of Beaumont: Beaumont, incorporated in 1838, is a coastal city in Southeast Texas 90 miles east of Houston and 60 miles west of Louisiana. The City is home to more than 115,000 residents and is the seat of Jefferson County, Texas. The City's economic success started with the discovery of oil more than a century ago. Now entering a new Golden Era of the Golden Triangle, it is strategically positioned for unlimited growth and potential.