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NEW PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY

The Waite Park Police Department has voter approved support to build a new public safety facility. The current target date for the completion of a new facility is 2026.

Salary

The 2024 hourly pay range for police officers is $33.45 - $44.91. 

Waite Park Police Officers are under a collective bargaining agreement.  

SHIFT DIFFERENTIAL

Shift differential pay of $0.70 per hour shall be paid for shift hours worked between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am. 

Field Training Officers (FTO) shall be paid a shift differential of $1.75 per hour while performing FTO duties.  

Officers who are assigned to the investigations unit shall be paid an additional $150 per month

Benefits

Vacation

Maximum vacation accumulation is equal to the number of hours earned in the preceding year, plus hours earned year to date. Example, in your second year of employment you could have 80 hours in your first year earned and an additional 80 from the second year for a total accumulation of 160 hours total. 

Years of Service
Yearly Accrual
Hours per 
pay period
0 - 5
80 hours
3.08
6 - 10
120 hours
4.62
11 - 15
160 hours
6.16
16 - 20
200 hours
7.70
21 - 24
220 hours
8.46
25 +
240 hours
9.23

Sick Leave

  • 1st year - 80 hours
  • 2nd+ year - 120 hours yearly (accrued at 4.62 hours per pay period)
  • Total accumulation of sick hours is 1,200 hours payable upon retirement

Holidays 

  • 12 paid holidays per year

Personal Days

  • 2 personal days per year

Health Insurance 

For 2024 the city pays up to $1,175 for a employee single plan and up to $2,600 for an employee family plan. The monthly premium is paid and any remaining funds (up to the amount listed above) are placed into a Health Savings Account (HSA).