Gary police promotions back after last year’s cuts
by Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org|648-3258 November 9, 2012 5:02PM
Updated: December 11, 2012 6:08AM
GARY — Promotions are back at the Gary Police Department.
The Board of Works on Friday voted to reverse last year’s 25 percent cut in the approved number in each of the four ranks.
“We’re absolutely happy with this decision. The chief supported us,” Fraternal Order of Police President Sam Abegg said.
Former chief Sgt. Anthony Stanley submitted a memo to the city one year ago. Mayor Rudy Clay’s Board of Works approved the measure, surprising rank and file officers and the FOP.
Stanley’s revised department structure eliminated all four captain positions and cut lieutenants, sergeants and corporals by one-fourth.
“This is a significant blow to a department that is already at an all-time low with morale,” Abegg wrote in a memo to Chief Wade Ingram.
Ingram said “to maintain the esprit de corps of the department, members must feel they have an opportunity for promotion.” Vacancies will be filled as they occur, he said.
Abegg estimated that without the latest change any promotions would be delayed at least 10 years.
Few officers took the most recent promotional test, which wasn’t given for the captain rank in anticipation of its elimination.
The agreement approved Friday establishes the number of each rank as those that are currently filled: two captains, 14 lieutenants, 43 sergeants and 57 corporals.
Corporation Counsel Niquelle Allen said, “This was the result of union negotiations with the FOP,” adding that she expects a contract to be settled by the end of the year.
The 2013 city budget is not affected by the reinstatement, Ingram said, because the current rank slots are included in next year’s spending plan.