Mayor hopeful about negotiations on police salary increase

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland addressed demands for higher wages for police officers at a meeting on Monday.

The demands were made last month after City of Memphis failed to respond to a proposal from Memphis Police Association.

The deadline for negotiations passed on March 29, but Mayor Strickland is positive both sides will agree.

"We've negotiated in good faith every year I've been mayor, and I'm still hopeful we are going to resolve this issue," Strickland said.

Police Association President Mike Williams said MPD patrolmen are paid 16 percent below market value, while sergeants are paid 25 percent below market value.

City officials, however, has said that is not true. According to their market survey, officers and sergeants made above the market average in 2018.

It is unclear how much of a raise the police union hopes to get from City of Memphis.

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