Published: Feb 03, 2011 7:54 PM EST
Updated: Feb 03, 2011 4:54 PM EST

CAPE CORAL- The City’s negotiating team has reached impasse with the Cape Coral Fraternal Order of Police on resolving the receipt of an unauthorized increase in salary dollars by 10 police officers.  The officers received step increases despite not completing the required educational credits, in violation of their pre-employment agreements.
The scheduled reduction in pay and step levels for eight of the officers will become effective with the pay period ending Friday, February 4 and will be reflected on the paycheck received Thursday, February 10.  These eight officers, along with two additional officers, also will begin repaying the additional salary dollars they received on their next paycheck.
The City has been in contact with the FOP since early-December when the Police Department issued its decision to reduce pay and steps, to require repayment from the officers involved, and to require the affected officers to earn their credits within a reasonable timeframe.  On January 19, the City offered a two-week extension to the Cape Coral Fraternal Order of Police to reach a mutually agreeable resolution on the officers who failed to obtain the required educational credits.  The two-week extension continued the City’s good faith approach and gave the FOP representatives another opportunity to discuss the decision through the collective bargaining process.