Dallas Settles Lawsuit Over Police & Fire Pay

Steven Pickering
June 28, 2018 - 6:38 am
Dallas City Hall

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Dallas City Council has approved a long-running lawsuit over pay for police and firefighters for $172 million. The lawsuit stemmed from the way the city implemented a pay hike for officers that was approved by voters in 1979. 

"I really appreciate that this Council has moved forward to clear the decks of these items...such as this, such as the (police) pension, just try to move the city forward instead of letting them hang around and kick the can down the road," said Council Member Lee Kleinman.

The City of Dallas argued that voters intended to approve a one-time pay hike of 15 percent - but did not commit to maintaining the difference between the different pay grades. The plaintiffs in the suit argued the city should have been required to maintain percentage pay differentials between grades in the sworn ranks.

Mayor Mike Rawlings had previously warned that a ruling against the City in the lawsuit could have severe financial consequences. The City settled four similar lawsuits last year for a total of $61.7 million.

"It's great to be able to move beyond this thing and finally get something that we can all agree to," said Council Member Ricky Callahan.

The settlement will affect about 8,700 current or former employees of the police and fire departments.