DENVER -- Reluctantly, Denver City Council cemented a raise for police Monday night by approving a controversial union contract for about 1,450 officers.
But not before a few lambasted Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration.
The agreement — approved on a 10-3 margin — came from an arbitrator after council denied the originally proposed contract in September. At the time, opposing council members said they were uncomfortable giving police raises while other city employees face unpaid furloughs, especially following the unrest stemming from the George Floyd protests this summer.
In addition, council members recalled that their representative had been left out of the first days of negotiations. Administration officials called that an accidental omission, but the move clearly damaged the trust between them and the city’s legislative body.
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