Middletown Settles With Superior Officers, Saves 4 Police Officers. Mayor Hopeful That PBA Deal Will Avoid Layoffs

By Art Gallagher

The Middletown Township Committee came to an agreement with the Superior Officers Association that prevents the demotion of four officers, which saves the jobs of four patrolman.

The SOA agreed to pay the greater of 1.5% of their salaries or 25% of the premium of their current PPO health insurance plan or to switch to the Township’s HMO plan and contribute 1.5% of their salaries to those premiums.

The SOA will receive raises for 2011 of 1.5% in October, with no retroactive pay, and 2% per year for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Mayor Tony Fiore said he is hopeful that the Township will settle with the PBA at their meeting tonight, and thereby save the jobs of 6 additional officers.   Fiore said that the PBA’s representative informed the committee that the union voted to accept the township’s proposal, the details of which are not yet public, over the weekend.  Pending  review today of the documents submitted by the PBA, it appears that police layoffs have been avoided in Middletown.

Posted: May 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown | Tags: , , | 6 Comments »

6 Comments on “Middletown Settles With Superior Officers, Saves 4 Police Officers. Mayor Hopeful That PBA Deal Will Avoid Layoffs”

  1. Pat said at 10:13 am on May 2nd, 2011:

    It’s a shame Middletown blinked. It would have been much better for the town if they actually laid-off a few cops. Bottom line: forcing cops to pay only 1.5% of their salaries for an HMO plan is still a lousy deal for the taxpayers. Shame on Middletown for giving in so easily.

  2. JJ said at 1:22 pm on May 2nd, 2011:


    I certainly believe the cost of not having a cop around when you need one, is certainly more of a cost to pay.

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  4. Truth said at 2:50 pm on May 2nd, 2011:

    Middletown did more than some other towns. Fair Haven, for example, recently gave their cops a considerable raise without getting any significant concessions from the PBA. Then again, the Fair Haven mayor needs those state pension credits that he gets for working part-time as a municipal prosecutor. Halfacre is absolutely beholden to the PBA and their endorsement of him. If that means the taxpayers get shafted, oh well …

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  6. Halfacre Fan said at 12:27 pm on May 3rd, 2011:

    See Truth, many of us almost thought you were human after hearing about your brother. Oh well, our mistake.

    Your lies don’t hold up. Google is your friend, use it.

    Really? FH PBA got big raises? Halfacre’s in their pocket?

    2.5% for 2010 and 2011, and the two year contract means they will be among the first towns to be able to negotiate based upon the full effect of the arbitration reform laws.

    Halfacre also got rid of local dispatch over the PBA vehement objection.

    Doesn’t sound like he is in the PBA pocket to me.

    And he has lowered taxes for 4 straight years!