County approves contract with sheriff’s office supervisors

A one-year agreement with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office licensed supervisors (lieutenants and commanders) was approved by the Anoka County Board May 13.

The contract for 2014 was ratified by the licensed supervisors, who are represented by Law Enforcement Labor Services, Inc., April 17.

The county board had previously approved contracts with two other bargaining units of the sheriff’s office – detention deputies and licensed patrol deputies – but those were for two years through 2015, according to Scott Lepak, the county’s labor negotiator who is an attorney with the law firm of Barna, Gazy & Steffen, Ltd.

The contract provides for no general wage adjustment this year for the licensed supervisors, but employees are eligible for up to a 2 percent merit pay increase on the same basis as non-union county workers effective the first pay period of 2014.

In addition, the licensed supervisors’ pay range minimum and maximum will increase by 2 percent, Lepak wrote in his report to the county board.

Licensed supervisors who are assigned to the county’s SWAT team or the Anoka-Hennepin Drug Task Force will receive $75 a month over and above their regular pay, as will licensed supervisors who are members of the county’s dive team, but they must be certified and must be a diver, he wrote.

Bargaining unit members can sign up for the county’s long-term care insurance program on the same basis and subject to the same restrictions and requirements as the non-union employees, according to Lepak.