Crestview police raises receive council consensus

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Crestview Police patrolmen Shawn Temple, rear, and Jerad Mullinnix, preparing reports, are among officers who will receive an 8 percent raise if the City Council approves the 2014-15 budget.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 03:23 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The City Council has reached a consensus to approve Police Chief Tony Taylor’s request for 8 percent departmental raises.

The council met Aug. 20 at its last budget workshop before the 2014-15 budget will be formally presented for action. The city’s final $29,078,286 budget was accepted.

Taylor is cautiously optimistic.

“I’m not counting my chickens yet,” he said. “I have all the confidence in the world that the council members will approve it now that they reached a consensus. The worst that could happen is a 3-2 vote.”

For officers such as patrol shift supervisor Sgt. John Cook, a 13-year CPD veteran, news of a likely raise came as an answer to many a fervent prayer.

“We’ve all been praying for this,” Cook said. “Officer retention is a huge thing for us. In order to get a good caliber officer, we’ve raised our standards. But in order to keep that caliber person, the pay has to be on par with local agencies.”

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