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Press Release | Hermosa Beach City Council Approves Three-Year Contract with HBPOA

Post Date:02/11/2020 8:30 PM


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

 HERMOSA BEACH, CA – The Hermosa Beach City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the union representing the Hermosa Beach Police Department’s (HBPD) officers and sergeants, the Hermosa Beach Police Association (HBPOA). The agreement provides a 19% base pay increase over three years, which is the largest pay increase for the union’s members in at least 25 years.

The HBPOA approved the MOU in January, and the Council then approved the contract at its first meeting after the HBPOA’s vote. The MOU provides a 7% base pay increase retroactive to July 1, 2019, a 6% base pay increase beginning July 1, 2020 and a 6% base pay increase beginning July 1, 2021. The contract 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 it is needed to address recruitment and retention of police officers.

“We’re very pleased to have resolved these labor negotiations, and we look forward to working together with the HBPD to improve police recruitment and retention,” said Hermosa Beach Mayor Mary Campbell. “While our police chiefs have assured us that we have sufficient personnel to protect the public, we will be able to grow and strengthen the HBPD with the approval of this contract, the City’s improved recruiting efforts and the City Manager’s recently instituted sign-on bonus programs.”

Prior to reaching agreement with the HBPOA, City Manager Suja Lowenthal initiated a separate sign-on bonus program that pays up to $30,000 to entry-level and pre-service recruits who join the HBPD and stay. The bonus program also pays up to $40,000 to “laterals,” qualified officers from police or sheriff’s departments who join the HBPD and stay. To better support the recruitment process, Lowenthal also added the City’s interim police chief, its Human Resources staff and herself to the HBPD’s recruitment and retention efforts in order to provide much more concentrated support in staffing the department.

“We have heard the City Manager and the City Council loud and clear that recruitment and retention of police officers are our priorities,” said Interim Police Chief Michael McCrary. “We are in the process of making significant improvements to the police recruiting process, and we are seeing positive results.”

He said three new police recruits are either in training or scheduled for training. The City also hired another recruit on January 30, interviewed 11 potential recruits who have completed the police academy and scheduled testing for 40 potential applicants in the next month.

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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