PLYMOUTH -- With more than three months left in the Plymouth Township Police Department contract, the Plymouth Township Council unanimously approved a new three-year contract Monday night.

The new agreement, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020 and continues through Dec. 31, 2022, calls for “across the board” salary increases of 3.5 percent for each of the three years.

Vice Chairman Chris Manero said he, the administration and the Plymouth Township Council were pleased to “come to an agreement expeditiously.” The challenge, he said, is finding ways to fairly compensate employees, while being “fiscally responsible to the municipality.”

Thanks to the township and police representatives’ effective negotiations, “both of those goals are accomplished,” Manero said, adding that he “looks very forward to a continued strong relationship” under the direction of Police Chief John Myrsiades.

Councilwoman Karen Bramblett said the agreement “reflects the respect” that the Plymouth Township Council has for police officers and their sacrifices.

“You officers do put your lives on the line for us,” Bramblett said. “And we really do appreciate it.”

At the opening of Monday’s meeting Manero gave the floor to Chief Myrsiades, who began the Council meeting by honoring fallen police officer Brad Fox on the upcoming seven-year anniversary of his murder. In doing so, Myrsiades underlined the dangers ever-present in the line of duty. K9 officer Fox, a Plymouth Township police officer of five years, was ambushed and murdered on Sept. 13, 2012 as he pursued a suspect on foot.

“All those who knew Brad still mourn every day,” Myrsiades said. “Officer Fox is a true hero … He is unforgettable.”

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