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Butte city officials approve police pay raise


The Butte Council of Commissioners voted 8-4 Wednesday in favor of raising the police officers pay by 2 percent under a new matrix system.

The system is created to bring police wages up to par with what officers in other Montana cities make and with what local firefighters earn.

"It was nerve-wracking at times, but we got the end result we were looking for. Equal pay for equal work,” said Butte Police Detective Josh Stearns.

Union officials tell NBC Montana the contract has been in the works for almost two years. The union, along with city officials, compiled the numbers of other Montana cities’ average pay for police.

City officials say during the second year of the contract, the average pay will increase $6,200 a year more for Butte patrol officers and $14,000 a year on average for detectives, sergeants and lieutenants.

The changes will go into effect in July 2019.

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