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Mount Holly City Council Unanimously Approves New Compensation Plan for Police Officers

Mount Holly City Council Unanimously Approves New Compensation Plan for Mount Holly Police Officers


Mount Holly, NC –  Police agencies around the nation are experiencing a variety of challenging issues including recruitment from other agencies, reduced applicant pools, and lost training resources from officers who leave a few years after being hired. 

After a compelling presentation by Chief Don Roper and Deputy Chief Brian Reagan during Monday night’s City Council meeting, the Council unanimously voted to approve a new Recruitment and Retention Plan for the Mount Holly Police Department. 

The fully-funded strategy features an increase of base pay and percentage salary increases for police officers, based upon their years of experience. The increases will be distributed over the next few years. These additional funds allow the Mount Holly Police Department to be more competitive when compared to similar-sized municipalities.

“It is imperative for the city to attract and retain the highest quality law enforcement professionals possible. The new compensation plan is designed to accomplish this directive,” says Mayor Bryan Hough. “We are a great community and have one of the best police forces in North Carolina. We strongly support our police force and want to continue to provide the tools necessary for them to perform their duties."

Mount Holly Police Chief Don Roper is dedicated to providing the highest quality of service to the community as well as the safety of the citizens and officers. 

Roper issued the following statement: 

“We are very appreciative of the support displayed by the Mayor, members of City Council, and city management. By approving this plan, we recognize they are making an investment in our officers and committing to their support of law enforcement. This comes at a time when many of our colleagues around the country are faced with decreased funding and little support by their elected officials. 

I believe this investment will pay dividends for our community by placing MHPD in a great position to recruit highly-qualified new officers, and ensure that we can retain experienced officers on our team for years to come. 

Our officers understand that this commitment and trust must be earned every day. We look forward to continuing our hard work and dedication for the citizens of Mount Holly.”

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