Dothan police pay raise not on agenda at commission meeting

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan police pay raises has been a topic of conversation as of late.

It came up at a budget work session recently, and there was some anticipation it may be discussed Tuesday at the Dothan City Commission Meeting, but instead, the meeting was one of the shortest that we can recall.

The current salary for a Dothan Police Officers starts at a salary of $36,500 a year. Only two commissioners voted yes for the increase to be in the budget.

Beth Kenward was one of the two.

“If we want highly trained officers to protect us and take care of us on a daily basis, we need to pay them to stay,” Kenward said. “We need to give them a benefits package that makes it worth their while for their family.”

Kenward said they have discussed for several years in strategic planning that the officers needed a significant bump in pay.

“We are about to embark on a study, not just looking at police and fire but across all of our employees for the city to see where the discrepancies are,” Kenward said.

“We’ve given raises across the board and never particularly paid attention to one department, not to say that everyone doesn’t deserve pay raises, but there are some larger gaps than others,” she added.

This all has not been finalized but as of right now the police department will not receive a pay bump despite a much heavier call load than similarly sized cities.

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