Albuquerque to weigh plan boosting police officers’ salaries

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque city officials say they are opposed to a proposal that would dole out $5 million to settle a lawsuit with the police union.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the City Council will consider legislation that would raise pay for rank-and-file officers and settle a suit related to salary growth.

The union alleges Mayor Richard Berry’s administration improperly withheld raises promised in a union contract five years ago.

Rob Perry, a top executive under Berry, says it’s “unfathomable” that the city would inform the police union how much it’s willing to shell out for a pending suit.

Perry says $5 million is far above what the city has in reserve for the lawsuit.

Democrat Ken Sanchez, who is sponsoring legislation, says administrators have taken too long already.