Police officers in Carrboro will soon be getting a raise, per a resolution that the Carrboro Town Council unanimously approved during its Jan. 18 meeting.
The Town of Carrboro will now provide a starting salary of minimum $46,000 annually for police officers. The current minimum is about $42,900.
Police trainees have the greatest percent increase at 12 percent, growing from $33,400 to $37,400. Additionally, the police chief's salary will now grow 4.9 percent — from about $80,850 to $84,850.
The funds for the salary raise will come out of the police budget that has already been allocated by the town manager’s office. The overall police budget has not increased.
“At least in the current fiscal year [this] does not entail an increase in the department's budget,” Damon Seils, Mayor of Carrboro, said.
This increase in salary is due to recruitment and retention issues.
Chris Atack, Chief of Police in Carrboro, said the department has experienced consistent issues with turnover, recruitment and retention, especially over the past year.
“We really had to reassess what we were offering and how we could be more competitive to bring the folks here that we need that are equipped to do that job that we need Carrboro police officers to do,” Atack said.
He said the police department has been working with the town manager and Council to find solutions to these issues.