Common council approves 2022 city employee salary ordinance, delays police union contract vote
By Jalen Maki
Tomahawk Leader Editor
TOMAHAWK – The City of Tomahawk Common Council, during its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 2, unanimously approved an ordinance setting the annual and hourly salaries of city employees for 2022.
According to the ordinance, numerous employees with the Clerk’s office, at City Hall, and with the Public Works department, as well as sewer and water utility, Senior Center and janitorial staff, will receive a 3.3% pay increase from 2021. Several police department positions will also receive a 3.3% bump in pay.
During the meeting, the council also voted to delay its vote on the agreement between the city and the Tomahawk Professional Police Association Local 225 until December.
The police department union and the city’s Personnel Committee finalized negotiations on the three-year contract on Monday, Nov. 1. With the item appearing on city council meeting agenda the following evening, District 3 alderperson Mike Loka proposed postponing the vote until next month to allow council members more time to review the agreement.
The council voted 6 to 3 to stay the vote until December, with District 1 alderpersons Patricia E. Haskin and Ed Nystrom, District 2 alderperson Will Garske, and District 3 alderpersons Tadd Wegener, Steve “Ding” Bartz and Mike Loka in favor of delaying the vote, and District 1 alderperson Mickey Loka and District 2 alderpersons Dale Ernst and Jeff Kahle against.