Phoenix approves boosting police salaries by at least $20K a year

Jun 15, 2022, 8:56 PM | Updated: 9:05 pm

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)

PHOENIX — The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday approved pay raises for all officers in the department by at least $20,000 a year.

“Today we are taking the next step to make sure that Phoenix remains a top employer,” Mayor Kate Gallego said in the council meeting. “We are going from a more complex compensation system for our police department to one that is more competitive and has our wages above average.

“We have a very complex city, our officers respond to a large number of incredibly difficult calls and to me, this investment makes sense.”

The raise brings a starting grade police officer’s salary from $48,194 a year to $72,779, while recruit pay also jumps to about $68,000 from $48,000 annually. Prior to the pay increase, recruits in Phoenix made about 7% below market average, according to a press release.

There are also pay grade step increases for other positions in the department including sergeants, lieutenants and assistant chiefs.

The updated pay structure goes into effect Aug. 8.

The motion passed 8-1, with councilmember Carlos Garcia being the lone dissenting vote.

Garcia, from District 8, was concerned about boosting the pay of the police as opposed to other city departments.

“I believe it’s unfair to the other workers in the city that one department is prioritized again and again, leaving others behind, especially as we are being told we are facing economic uncertainty,” Garcia said.

“What I’m afraid of is that we leave our other employees behind and then we hit another recession … we will not be able to provide this same commitment of compensation to other departments who have also put their lives on the line, who have also gotten us through this pandemic in different ways that we are not recognizing.”

Assistant City Manager Lori Bays in the council meeting said money for the raises comes from the existing police budget that was recently approved by the city council.

Bays added the raises were made possible from salary savings of the more than 450 vacant positions and that additional funding would be needed in future years for the raises as those positions are filled.

Phoenix has been putting forth efforts to fill those open positions, including offering a $7,500 hiring bonus for new officer recruits.

City Manager Jeff Barton said law enforcement has the most vacancies of any city department, with police accounting for approximately 50% of the city’s general fund open positions.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

File photo of a Phoenix police cruiser at a crime scene....

1 man killed, 2 others critically injured in west Phoenix shooting

Police are investigating a shooting incident that left one person dead and two others in critical condition in west Phoenix on Wednesday.

7 hours ago

(KTAR News Photo)...

KTAR News anchor Jayme West reads to 3rd graders as part of ‘Read to the Final Four’

KTAR News anchor Jayme West read to third graders at Glenn F. Burton Elementary School as part of a Final Four challenge.

8 hours ago

road closed sign...

US 93 reopened after crash closed highway in both directions near Wickenburg

U.S. 93 was closed in both directions near Wickenburg on Wednesday night, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

9 hours ago

Randall Bird, 46, is accused of having sex with a corpse at a Phoenix hospital. (MCSO Mugshot)...

Hospital security guard in Phoenix accused of sexual misconduct with dead body

A hospital security guard in Phoenix was arrested Tuesday after being accused of sexual misconduct with a dead body, authorities said.

12 hours ago

Antonio Alvarez is the subject of a Silver Alert issued out of Phoenix on Nov. 28, 2023....

Subject of Silver Alert found dead in Avondale a week after last being seen

A subject of a Silver Alert was found dead in Avondale on Tuesday, a week after he had last been seen in the Valley.

13 hours ago

Tempe has begun testing its wastewater for common viruses, such as influenza. (Pexels Photo)...

Tempe starts testing wastewater for common viruses, including influenza

Tempe has begun testing its wastewater for common viruses, such as influenza, and vector-borne diseases.

14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @KTAR923...

The best ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day and give back to the community

Veterans Day is fast approaching and there's no better way to support our veterans than to donate to the Military Assistance Mission.


Dierdre Woodruff

Interest rates may have peaked. Should you buy a CD, high-yield savings account, or a fixed annuity?

Interest rates are the highest they’ve been in decades, and it looks like the Fed has paused hikes. This may be the best time to lock in rates for long-term, low-risk financial products like fixed annuities.



Importance of AC maintenance after Arizona’s excruciating heat wave

An air conditioning unit in Phoenix is vital to living a comfortable life inside, away from triple-digit heat.

Phoenix approves boosting police salaries by at least $20K a year