CHULA VISTA (CNS) - The city of Chula Vista and its police officers reached a tentative agreement Friday on a new contract.
City Manager Jim Sandoval confirmed the deal in a mid-afternoon statement to the media, but did not release details.
The pact has to be ratified by a majority of the CVPOA's 226 members before the City Council can take it up. The City Council is scheduled to review the matter Jan. 25.
About 20 proposed layoffs have been postponed until Jan. 24, Sandoval said. It was previously suggested that 30-32 positions be eliminated.
Union officials still hope the layoffs won't happen at all.
"The board remains cautiously optimistic that the tentative agreement will be formalized and we hope that as a result, no officers will be laid off," said Lt. Phil Collum, the union secretary. "The CVPOA appreciates the city's flexibility in working with the police officers in achieving an agreement."
The CVPOA will become the last of Chula Vista's employee unions to reach a new deal as the city tries to get out from under a budget deficit that has it limiting hours at most municipal facilities.
"I recognize this has been a very challenging process for all involved," Sandoval said. "But, if we can achieve long-term financial sustainability and protect core, essential services for our community, the city of Chula Vista and our residents will be well-served by this process."
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