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Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Pay Increase for Atlanta Police Department and Atlanta Fire Rescue Department

Post Date:06/20/2016 9:00 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell


News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Pay Increase for Atlanta Police Department and Atlanta Fire Rescue Department

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed today announced a pay increase for mid-career officers in the Atlanta Police Department (APD) and Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD). The pay increase was included as an amendment in the $2.02 billion FY17 budget, passed 13 – 1 by the Atlanta City Council tonight. The budget amendment passed unanimously 14 – 0.

The pay increase in both departments provides clear compensation growth for mid-career sworn professionals, keeping more experienced officers and firefighters in Atlanta and supporting them as they grow their families. The budget amendment also keeps pay and benefits competitive across all ranks in both departments. The pay increase will affect approximately 1,100 APD officers, and more than 400 Firefighters in the AFRD. The Reed Administration engaged in multiple rounds of discussions with the unions representing both APD and AFRD to reach an agreement on today’s budget amendment. 

"The City of Atlanta has the best public safety departments in the state – our Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department,” said Mayor Reed. “Our officers receive the highest-quality training available and are recognized as leaders in their communities. We want to keep those officers working within the ranks of APD and AFRD, and support them as they advance their careers and put down roots in the City of Atlanta. I congratulate everyone who worked long and hard to come to today’s agreement. I believe this measure will promote a safer, more prosperous city.” 

The pay increases will take effect on October 1, 2016 and cost $6.3 million. The City’s Chief Financial Officer will identify permanent funding for the pay increase. 

Since Mayor Reed’s inauguration in January 2010, public safety personnel and city employees have received nine salary increases totaling more than $19 million in compensation. In January 2011, sworn officers in the Atlanta Police and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department received a full step pay increase of 3.5 percent, the first full step increase granted since 2007. In 2013, sworn personnel received two additional pay increases, for a total of 5.5 percent in increases. Within the last 60 days, Mayor Reed addressed the long-standing issue of compression within the ranks of Lieutenant and Sergeant in the APD by creating a new three-tier salary schedule. The Administration worked with various employee groups and union representatives to develop this approach. 

The Reed Administration has consistently made significant investments in employee compensation and benefits. In the midst of the worst economic recession in 80 years, the Administration eliminated furloughs and layoffs citywide, built the largest fire department to date and eliminated staffing shortages on fire trucks, brought the city’s police force to 2,000 officers for the first time in the department’s history, and restored command staff at the city jail. Earlier this year, Mayor Reed made the City of Atlanta the first local government in the state to offer up to six weeks’ paid parental leave for primary caregivers and up to two weeks for secondary caregivers.


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