Lafayette looking to stay competitive with police, firefighter applicants


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — City officials are making sure Lafayette is competitive when it comes to the salaries of police and firefighters.

As part of the 2017 budget, the city is working to provide a 5.1 percent raise for first class patrol officers and journeyman firefighters. That would put their salary at $60,000.

Mayor Tony Roswarski said the increase will hopefully keep Lafayette competitive with applicants – without having to alter the hiring process.

“It helps reward them for what they do. It helps us remain competitive,” Roswarski said. “It’s also a good time to do that because we have some savings on the pension end of those funds.”

The budget also includes raises for all city employees and the council.

Roswarski said the budget still needs to be trimmed down before it’s finalized later this month.