Po­lice chief dis­cusses 2019pro­posed bud­get

Chief re­quests in­crease in over­time

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ni­cholas Buo­nanno nbuo­nanno@dig­i­tal­first­media.com City Ed­i­tor

WATER­VLIET, N.Y. >> City of­fi­cials held a bud­get work­shop Thurs­day night to dis­cuss the pro­posed 2019 bud­get for the po­lice de­part­ment.

Po­lice Chief Mark Spain gave a nearly hour-long pre­sen­ta­tion high­light­ing his pro­posed 2019 bud­get for the de­part­ment.

The pro­posed bud­get for each city de­part­ment gets re­viewed by the City Coun­cil over the new sev­eral weeks and they will give their rec­om­men­da­tions to City Gen­eral Man­ager Jeremy Smith, who will com­plete a city bud­get for 2019 by the end of the year.

Spain’s pro­posed bud­get for 2019 re­quests $2,304,236, which is a $138,478 — or 6.39 per­cent — in­crease over 2018’s bud­get for the de­part­ment.

In his 2019 pro­posed bud­get, Spain is ask­ing for a $100,000 in­crease in the over­time bud­get, which would to­tal $400,000.

“The av­er­age over­time rate per shift [so far in 2018] is about $423.68, about $8,500 a month and $101,000 a year and that’s based on a reg­u­lar work day, work week, work year,” ex­plained Spain dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion.

Spain said one of the pri­mary

rea­sons for the de­part­ment hav­ing to use so much over­time is due to of­fi­cers be­ing out af­ter be­ing in­jured on- duty.

“In 2018 we [ have had] four of­fi­cers that were out for a pe­riod in­jured on­duty…. One of­fi­cer is cur­rently out on ex­tended in­jured- on- duty,” said Spain. “The cost of over­time so far as of Oct. 5 to re­place that one per­son in to­tal­ity is about $100,000.”

Spain also noted how one of­fi­cer on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave cost the de­part­ment an ad­di­tional $12,000 to re­place him, while also not­ing how the to­tal over­time for the de­part­ment to date is about $358,000, which is over the 2018 bud­geted $300,000.

How­ever, Spain said that the de­part­ment had some con­tin­gen­cies in place to help bal­ance out some of the over­time costs.

“We put some con­tin­gen­cies in place with an agree­ment with the union that we were go­ing to make some staffing changes on the 1st pla­toon, when we did that it af­fected 149 shifts up un­til Oct. 1 and there was a sav­ings of about $63,000 just with the 1st pla­toon, which is mid­night’s,” ex­plained Spain. “Then we made some pol­icy-re­lated changes in re­gards to re­lease time and sick time that af­fected ev­ery­body in the de­part­ment [for] an­other 53 shifts, which saved us an­other $22,000 and then staffing short­ages, where we just didn’t have enough to bring us up to our min­i­mum man­ning, saved us an­other $13,000.”

As part of his 2019 pro­posed bud­get, Spain is also ask­ing to have three re­cruits be hired as early as pos­si­ble in 2019 to help with three an­tic­i­pated re­tire­ments within the de­part­ment next year.


Water­vliet Po­lice Chief Mark Spain stands as he gets ready to go over a pre­sen­ta­tion Thurs­day night for his 2019 pro­posed po­lice de­part­ment bud­get.


Water­vliet Po­lice Chief Mark Spain speaks about his de­part­ment’s 2019pro­posed bud­get.

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