July 1, 2022

New Contract Approved for Essex Police Union

ESSEX— Town officials and the Essex Police Union have approved a new four-year labor contract for the town’s small force of municipal police officers.

The contract extends from July through June 30, 2015. The agreement was reached while a current four-year contract that runs through 2014 was still in effect. Town police are represented by Local 660 of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers.

The agreement provides a two percent wage increase for the first two years, 2011-2012 and 2012-1013, and a 2.5 percent pay increase in the final two years, 2013-1014 and 2014-2015.

In exchange for the pay raises, Officers will be paying a larger share of their health insurance premium costs. The cost share will increase one percent each year, from the current 14 percent premium cost share, to a 17 percent cost share in 2014-2015. Police will also increase their pension contributions by 0.75 percent over the course of the contract.

Under the agreement, officers will have a regular work week of five consecutive days on duty at nine hours per day, followed by three consecutive days off. The rate for overtime is time-and-a half over the regular hourly pay rate.

The contract removes prior language regarding a training officer, but maintains the higher rank of corporal. A corporal must have seven years of continuous service with good or superior work evaluations.

The police are supervised by the town’s resident state trooper. The town currently has four full-time officers, though two officers, Corporal Marc Pisciotti and Officer Salvatore Bevilacqua, have been on paid administrative leave since last year. The current on-duty officers are the senior officer, Corporal Russell Gingras, and Officer Paul Kennefick, a former state trooper who was hired in April.

First Selectman Phil Miller has not released any information in recent weeks on the status of Pisciotti and Bevilecqua, though both men are listed as officers on the town website.