City officials hope Jerrod Hart will soon begin his service as Saline’s Chief of Police.
City council voted 5-0 to approve an employment agreement with Hart, who currently serves as Deputy Chief of Novi’s police department.
The agreement will pay Hart $97,160 in annual salary plus fringe benefits. He’ll be paid on a pro-rated basis for the final six months and change of the 2017-18 fiscal year and then receive the same salary the next year, according to City Manager Todd Campbell.
Campbell said the salary represented a pay cut for Hart and was the lowest he would accept.
Larry Hrinik, whose last day as Saline’s police chief was Nov. 14, made $110,000.
Campbell made the conditional offer to Hart during a three-hour meeting the day after council elected to offer the job to Hart.
“He’s extremely excited,” Campbell said.
The offer is conditional on a background check, physical and drug screening.
Council’s only major question about the contract was about the severance policy. City council has discussed ending the six-month severance packages received by non-union employees. Councillor Christen Mitchell asked if Hart would the full severance package if, for some reason, he was let go after 90 days of service. Campbell said that if he was terminated and it was not “for cause” that Hart would receive the full severance package.
“I don’t see anything about discussion reflected here (in this contract),” Mitchell said.
Mayor Brian Marl said council did have a work meeting on the issue but noted council did not yet change the policy.
“While I don’t necessarily subscribe to the existing policy, it’s important that we subscribe to the current policy and rules,” Marl said.
Marl added the new policy wouldn’t impact the police chief position.
Later in the meeting, he handed out drafts of a new proposed severance policy to council members.
The contract offer also gives the new chief use of a city vehicle after hours.