City, Police Agree on Contract
A sometimes heated two-year dispute between the City of Gainesville and the Fraternal Order of Police has finally been settled.
The rift between the city of Gainesville and the FOP orginally began over the city trying to save money. But now that it's been settled, the city now faces court costs, legal fees, and a five percent interest penalty.
It all started in 2006 when City of Gainesville Police Chief Norman Botsford decided to change the terms in his employees contracts, waiving their right to choose whether or not they wanted to work a holiday. That decision was made because of the double time wage officers received when they worked holidays. That is when the Fraternal Order of Police stepped in.
After a federal arbitrator ruled in favor of the F.O.P., the city then took the case to a circuit court, and when once again they were unsatisfied with the decision, they took it to a court of appeals. After a long and lengthy court process, a settlement has finally been reached ending the two year dispute.
F.O.P. representative Jeff McAdams says they very pleased with the outcome, and looking forward to mending their ties with city.
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