Central council pulls proposal for police chief raise last minute
CENTRAL - The police chief of Central was up for a big pay raise at Tuesday night's city council meeting, but it was pulled off of the table last minute.
"We discussed some things that needed to be done, at this time we haven't gotten to where we need to be, so I felt it should be removed until we can figure it out," said Mayor pro tempore Wade Evans.
Evans is the brain behind the proposal to increase Chief Roger Corcoran's pay. If passed, it would increase from $26,000 a year to nearly $45,000. The chief had campaigned that he could do more with less.
"He made a lot of promises and there's a lot of people who voted for him and expect him to keep it," Evans said.
The chief is receiving a lot of support from his officers. Captain Darren Sibley is advocating for the raise after learning he makes more than his boss.
"I make $15 an hour, he makes $12," Sibley said.
At $12 an hour, Corcoran is the lowest paid employee in the police department. The agency consists of only two full time employees, including the chief and assistant chief and seven part-time officers.
The council could reconsider the raise when they discuss the budget in about two weeks.