UPDATE: City Council committee advances measures creating new office to oversee police details – NOLA.COM
Today, the New Orleans City Council’s Budget Committee met to consider the ordinances proposed for the Office of Police Secondary Employment. The ordinances considered today set the pay scale for officers and established an enterprise fund through which those payments will be made. These are the ordinances that have been available for quite some time.
Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell (co-authored by Councilmember Stacy Head) offered a number of amendments to these ordinances. A gist of the amendments were as follows:
- “Major Special Events” to include events held at the Convention Center, Fair Grounds, Mahalia Jackson Theater, Sanger Theater, Superdome, New Orleans Arena, and Lakefront Arena with expected attendance exceeding 2,000.
- Holiday premium will ($17/hr.) will be paid on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Mardi Gras, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Also receiving premium pay will be Lundi Gras, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.
- The OPSE fee will be 15% of the hourly rate not to exceed $5.00/hr. Any difference will be split between the officer and the detail employer. For example, an officers pay would go to $29.50/hr. and the detail employer would only have to pay $33.93/hr.
- The amendments specify that no additional amounts will be charged to the officer.
- Any fees left over at the end of the year will be refunded proportionately to the officers who worked details and the OPSE’s budget will be adjusted to reflect actual expenses (rounded up to the nearest percentage).
- The City Council can waive the OPSE’s fee by ordinance.
- The City Council can make an exception to the pay scale by ordinance.
- The City Council can waive the periodic rotation requirement by ordinance.
- OPSE will comply with La. R.S. 33:2339 (Otherwise known as SB159)
- Special Taxing Districts or Security Districts (Lakeview, Mid City, etc.) will remain overtime and not subject to OPSE.
- Details required by special order of the City of New Orleans are not subject to pay or rotation requirements.
- Rates of pay for details requiring specialized certifications (bomb dogs, divers, etc.) would not be set by the pay scale, but based on level of certification.
- For any pre-existing, single-officer details that are paid at a rate lower than the schedule rate, officers may elect to continue working the assignment at the lower rate.
The ordinances, along with the amendments will be considered at the next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting, July 11, 2013. There the proposed ordinances will be voted on by the entire City Council.
Video of today’s meeting can be seen here. Choose #11 on the agenda.
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