Mt. Pleasant police salaries rank favorably in comparison study
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Mt. Pleasant City Administrator Brent Schleisman said many variables go into surveys and pointed to an annual survey compiled by the City of Estherville, which shows Mt. Pleasant’s police salaries compare favorably with 33 other Iowa communities, ranging in population from 5,150 to 9,500.
“There are a lot of variables,” Schleisman began. “Some of the police forces have a union contract (which Mt. Pleasant does) and some don’t. It also depends on where the communities are located, how competitive the salaries are with other communities in the region and benefits included.”
The aforementioned Estherville survey shows that the Mt. Pleasant police chief’s salary ranks 18th among the 33 communities at $61,901 (fiscal 2013 salary). Mt. Pleasant police sergeant’s salary of $47,757 is 10th.
In salaries for police lieutenants (which is also the assistant police chief in Mt. Pleasant), Mt. Pleasant is third among six cities with a lieutenant at a salary of $50,565.
Mt. Pleasant’s police officers earn an average salary of $42,994, which ranks fourth on the Estherville survey.
However, that police officer figure is somewhat misleading. Schleisman said the city has 14 certified police officers (12 of which are represented by the union). He said the average tenured police officer salary is $45,178. The city recently hired an entry-level officer at a salary of $42,224 and the highest paid police officer earns $49,500.
“Our police force has been very stable,” Schleisman noted. “Half of our officers (seven) have been here seven years of longer. We strive to be competitive (salary-wise) to other cities. There are just a lot of variables that go into any survey.
Mt. Pleasant’s fiscal 2014 budget includes $1,150,000 for the police department.