Council approves memorandums of understanding with Seal Beach Police groups

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The Seal Beach City Council this week authorized City Manager Jill Ingram to approve memorandums of understanding with labor representatives of the Seal Beach Police.

Technically, there were two MOUs to approve, one with the Seal Beach Police Management Association and the other with the Seal Beach Police Officers Association.

The two MOUs were treated as a single item on the Consent Calendar.

Consent items are voted on collectively, without discussion, unless an item is pulled from the calendar for individual consideration.

This item wasn’t pulled.

“Each MOU has a term of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023,” according to the staff report by Management Analyst Jennifer Robles.

The Peace Officers Association represents full time employees holding the rank of officer or corporal, according to Robles’ report.

The Police Management Association represents records supervisors, sergeants, lieutenants and captains, according to Robles’ report.

Police Department employees covered by the MOUs will get a cost of living adjustment of 2% in fiscal year 2020-2021, and a 3% COLA in 2021-22 and 2022-23, according to the report.

“An increase to the monthly flex dollar allowance for health care coverage for employee +1 and employee + 2 (allowances are shown below),” Robles wrote.

“For single employees: $1,050.00

“For employee + 1 dependent: $1,454.41

“For employee + 2 or more dependents $1,880.83,” Robles wrote.

Officers will also get “an increase in uniform allowance from $1,000 to $1,500,” Robles wrote.

“As a result of this agreement being retroactive to July 1, 2020, the City will pay a one-time retro pay adjustment in accordance with the agreement estimated at $237,000,” Robles wrote.

“This amount was not included in the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Adopted budget, therefore requiring a budget amendment,” Robles wrote.

“To adjust the adopted budget accordingly, the Finance Department is proposing BA 22-02-01 totaling $237,000 to increase the Police Department appropriations across various funds, programs and accounts in accordance with the personnel allocations,” Robles wrote.

“The totals per fund cannot be determined until payroll can perform the retro calculation and enter it into the financial software,” Robles wrote.

“There is adequate funding in the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Adopted Budget to cover the cost for FY 2021-22,” Robles wrote.

“The costs associated with Fiscal Years 2022-23 will be budgeted in the future during the respective budget development processes,” Robles wrote.

Council approves memorandums of understanding with Seal Beach Police groups