Cheyenne Police to restructure pay

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CHEYENNE, Wyo (KGWN) After a unanimous approval from City Council, the Cheyenne Police Department will restructure how their officers in upper level management are paid. Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Chief positions will get a pay raise up to 21%.

The restructuring works by eliminating one lieutenant position that was not needed, and by making Lieutenant and Captain positions exempt from receiving overtime. The money saved is used to make up the pay raises, meaning tax payers won't have to foot the bill.

Chief Brian Kozak said that the restructuring will help build up leadership in the department. Before, there was a compression issue in the ranks that meant for someone to move into an upper management position in the department, that officer would have to take a pay cut. The pay raise is meant to eliminate that problem.

"So we wanted to make sure that our officers are committed to progressing through the ranks and assume the role of leadership in the future." Kozak said, "So that was our primary goal in doing that, and we did it all being budget neutral."

The new pay structure will be implemented on February 1st.