Police chief contract approved

FLINT TWP. — Police Chief Kevin Salter was officially sworn in on May 22 but it took a bit longer to finalize his contract.

The township board has approved a one-year contract with automatic oneyear extensions with termination conditions. Salter’s promotion is subject to a six-month probationary period.

His approved salary is $93.500 a year (payable bi-weekly) and will increase to $97,500 after he successfully completes his probation.

The contract also provides 13 sick or personal leave days each calendar year which do not roll over but if unused, could be paid at Salter’s regular pay rate. For 2018, other terms apply to the time (approximately five months) when Salter was a lieutenant before his promotion.

He also will get 14 paid holidays including the Friday after Thanksgiving, M.L. King Day, President’s Day, Easter, Veteran’s Day and Columbus Day. The contract also provides 20 vacation days per calendar year.

Other benefits covered in the contract include health insurance (including dental and vision) for Salter and his family, life insurance, retiree health insurance, a pension plan, continued education reim- bursement up to $1,520 per year, liability protection coverage, funeral bereavement leave, jury duty, and provisions for on the job injury or illness.

Chief Salter is provided a police vehicle for on-duty use or on-call within 20 miles of the township borders.

The contract also states terms for termination in the event of Chief Salter’s death on- or off-duty, disability or if initiated by the township board or by Salter. Arbitration terms also are spelled out.

Chief Salter joined the department in 1999. He has served a variety of assignment including patrol officer, community policing officer, school resource officer, Flint Area Narcotics Group detective, road patrol supervisor, detective sergeant and lieutenant.

He is a 1993 graduate of Ferris State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice and also graduated from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command, Class #376.

Salter replaced Chief George Sippert who retired in late May after 32 years of service including 14 as police chief.

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