NEW POLICE CONTRACT AGREED TO IN WILDWOOD

A new contract has been agreed to between the Wildwood Police union and the city commission. Mayor Ernie Troiano told Coastal Broadcasting that the agreement will provide for zero increases in salary from 2009 to 2011. Also, starting in 2012, the starting salary for police officers will become $25,000; previously it sat at $40,000. Police officers in Wildwood have been working without a contract since the end of 2008. The city estimates this will save taxpayers $120,000 over the course of the first nine years that a police officer is hired. Four officers also announced their retirement. Chris Howard, William Cooper, Chris Fox, and Mark D’Amico are all retiring in order to help avoid any layoffs. Troiano would not say there won’t be any layoffs, but promised the city is doing everything in its power to avoid them. Howard is also the President of the FOP Lodge #7 and said the police officers want to be responsible to the taxpayers and help save officer’s jobs.