Mayor Andy Berke unveiled a plan today that will give Chattanooga police officers a 3 percent pay raise every two years, promising to fix years of unequal pay within the department.
As a part of the fixes about 200 officers will receive a bump in pay by their next paycheck, while other officers will see pay freezes.
The city now faces two police lawsuits. Union leaders say this plan fixes the concerns going forward, but doesn't erase the past.
For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...