Agreement Reached After 1 ½ years; CMPA Appreciative of Community SupportCOSTA MESA, Calif. – After long negotiations that began in 2014, the police officers of Costa Mesa voted overwhelmingly to approve a new contract with the city last week. If approved by the City Council, the new contract extends to fiscal year 2018. The agreement, yet to be formally ratified, is expected to be approved by the council on February 2, 2016.
For the first time ever, police officers will now pay their portion of retirement. Officers approved the new terms by 95.5%. “This is a new era, ultimately we believe the contract is fair and demonstrates the city’s value of our officers. If it is approved, it will bring a huge sense of relief for our officers,” says David Sevilla, president of the Costa Mesa Police Association.
Not having a contract for over 18 months, impacted recruiting and retention efforts as several cities compete for a limited pool of qualified candidates. Costa Mesa’s Police Department is operating with 101 officers, 18% down from the budgeted number of 136. “It’s been a disadvantage in recruiting, but now we are comparable to other cities. Trying to attract candidates without being able to name the salary or benefits, isn’t easy,” says Sevilla.
Sevilla expressed gratitude for the Costa Mesa community for their support in the negotiations. “We are really fortunate to have folks that take time out of their day to show their support from Facebook posts to baking us homemade goodies. It means a lot to us and our families,” says Sevilla.
About the Costa Mesa Police Association
The Costa Mesa Police Association (CMPA) is the bargaining body of the police officers and sergeants in the Costa Mesa Police Department. The CMPA in conjunction with the administration of the Costa Mesa Police Department ensures each member maintains the highest level of training, ethics and professionalism while serving as a member of the department. For more information about the CMPA, contact: http://costamesapa.com/the-cmpa/contact.