CPPJ pay increase to take effect in 2016 - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

CPPJ pay increase to take effect in 2016

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury presented a motion at the meeting Thursday, April 19 to give jurors a pay increase.

The police jurors make $1,200 currently and the increase would put it up to $1,600 with an addition $200 for the serving president.

The public was invited to comment on the motion at the meeting, hoping the jury would think twice before voting in favor of the increase.

"This is strictly a decision of the jury. It is not something that has any recommendations from the staff," Parish Administrator Bryan Beam said. "It is strictly a public comment juror decided issue."

Beam said compensation for the jurors is set through state law, which allows police juries across the state to vote on a pay increase. 

The public spoke saying it wasn't fair and it should be voted on by the public. Some were supportive of the pay raise.

Shannon Spell of District 1 offered to amend the motion so the increase would not kick in until after the next juror election in 2016. The vote on the amendment ended in a tie and was broken by President Les Farnum who voted for the amendment. 

Also approved with the amendment was to end reimbursements for in-parish travel and cell phone expenses, with an exception to District 11 or the DeQuincy area for travel. 

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