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Press Release | City of Hermosa Beach Reaches Tentative Labor Agreement with HBPOA

Post Date:01/29/2020 1:00 PM


Includes 19% Base Pay Increase -- Largest in 25 Years for Hermosa Beach Police Officers

HERMOSA BEACH, CA – The City of Hermosa Beach has reached a Tentative Agreement with the Hermosa Beach Police Officers Association (HBPOA). The City and the HBPOA have tentatively agreed on a three-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) that includes a 19% base pay increase, which is the largest pay increase for members of the HBPOA in at least 25 years.

The City Council, in closed session on Tuesday night, unanimously voted to approve the terms of the Tentative Agreement, which provides for a 7% pay increase retroactive to July 1, 2019, 6% beginning July 1, 2020 and 6% beginning July 1, 2021. The Tentative Agreement also adds officer retention bonuses of up to $7,500, and education incentives to pay for course fees, books and tuition at California State University rates.

At the HBPOA’s request, the City Council also agreed to consider reopening negotiations in 2021, if the City and the HBPOA agree, to address recruitment and retention of police officers. Upon final ratification of the Agreement by the HBPOA, the MOU will be presented to Council for approval at its next regularly scheduled meeting on February 11.

“We’re pleased to reach this Tentative Agreement and look forward to continuing to improve our efforts to recruit and retain police officers,” said Hermosa Beach City Manager Suja Lowenthal. “We thank the City staff and our labor negotiator for their hard work in helping us reach this Tentative Agreement.”

In addition to the Tentative Agreement, to improve recruitment and retention Lowenthal recently initiated a sign-on bonus program that provides up to $30,000 to entry-level and pre-service recruits who join the HBPD. The program also provides up to $40,000 to “laterals,” qualified officers from police or sheriff’s departments who join the HBPD. These bonuses are paid incrementally over four years to encourage the retention of newly hired officers at the HBPD. The City Manager also expanded the recruiting team to include herself, Interim Police Chief Michael McCrary, the City’s Human Resources Department manager and a Human Resources Department analyst.

“We expect these bonuses and improved recruitment efforts, along with the pay increases and other incentives in the Tentative Agreement, will grow our police force and give our current officers incentives to stay with the HBPD,” Lowenthal said. “We look forward to working collaboratively with the HBPOA and HBPD leadership to hire the best possible police officers for the City of Hermosa Beach.”

About Hermosa Beach

Founded in 1907, Hermosa Beach is a thriving community of some 20,000 residents. Located on the southern end of the Santa Monica Bay in Los Angeles County, with beaches ranked among the best in the world, Hermosa Beach has been recognized for its work to highlight Southern California beach culture, foster a vibrant local economy and protect coastal and environmental resources.

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