The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 27, 2009

Police Chief given new contract

Police Chief John Sullivan recently completed his first three years leading Carlisle’s police force and, on February 10, the Board of Selectmen approved a new three-year contract, similar to his previous agreement. Chief Sullivan will now receive a base salary of $85,233, plus an additional 25% through the Police Career Incentive Pay Program (Quinn Bill), and $4,800 “longevity pay” for a salary of $113,341. With the new contract, his base salary was increased 5.7% and his longevity pay rose 6%.

According to the terms of the new contract, for each of the next two years his base salary will increase by a minimum of 2.5%, but will match that of the town’s non-contractual employees should they be given a larger increase. In the previous contract, his annual base salary increase was fixed at 3%.

The Quinn Bill was passed by the Massachusetts legislature in 1970 to encourage police officers to obtain degrees in law enforcement and criminal justice. Sullivan’s base salary is augmented by 25% in recognition of earning a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and the state will reimburse the town for half of the Quinn payment.

Additional benefits are basically unchanged, except for one additional personal day per year. Chief Sullivan is granted the use of a police vehicle for both professional and personal reasons, since he is on-call in case of emergency. He has five weeks of vacation, 15 sick days, five personal and three bereavement days per year, as well as a $1,000 uniform allowance and a $1,000 uniform cleaning allowance.

Sullivan has worked for the Carlisle Police Department since 1985. ∆

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