The council voted 5 to 2 Tuesday afternoon to change three points in the contract. It reduced the raise to 12.5 percent instead of 27 percent.
Meaning Hayes' annual salary would go from $130,000 to $147,000 instead of the proposed $165,000. It would limit the contract through the end of 2012 instead of 2013 and took out an "educational incentive" for having a bachelor's degree since it's one of the requirements for the job.
The mayor's office fired back, saying "the deal the city council tried to strike, lowers the standards set for competitive wages. And could ultimately jeopardize public safety by creating an environment for high turnover. Early retirement, instability among police leadership and less qualified replacements for experienced police officers."
From here police management can either accept the contract, or reject it and take it to the CIR -- Nebraska's state labor court.
Council members Ben Gray and Garry Gernandt supported the mayor's bigger raise.