Dunwoody police cars are parked outside of the City of Dunwoody municipal building. (Alyssa Pointer/alyssa.pointer@ajc.com)
Photo: Alyssa Pointer/alyssa.pointer@ajc.com
Photo: Alyssa Pointer/alyssa.pointer@ajc.com

Dunwoody proposes salary raise for full-time employees, police officers

The city of Dunwoody is considering raising the salaries for its full-time employees, most of whom are police department officers and staff.

Dunwoody recently unveiled its proposed budget for fiscal year 2020, predicting that both its revenues and costs will slightly increase.

The new funding will include $185,000 for a 3.1% pay raise for Dunwoody’s 98 full-time employees, 77 of whom are in the police department. Many other people who work for the city are contracted employees, so the hike does not apply to them.

The budget would also allow the city to hire two additional officers.

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More than $9.2 million is allocated to the police department. That comes out to about 36% of the proposed General Fund budget.

“This shows the city’s emphasis on keeping our community strong,” Mayor Denis Shortal said in a statement.

Almost all of the city’s full-time employees are members of the police department.
Photo: AJC file photo/Hyosub Shin

Several other area police departments, including BrookhavenDeKalb County and Atlanta, have increased their officers’ pay over the last year.

The budget is expected to be approved by the end of October, after a series of public meetings at City Hall. There will be a budget committee meeting on at 9 a.m. on Sept. 9, and City Council meetings on Oct. 14 and 28.

Dunwoody also hopes to allocate millions toward infrastructure and transportation improvements, including $3.7 million for repaving efforts, $1.4 million to improve the Chamblee Dunwoody Road at Spalding Drive intersection and $1 million to install a sidewalk along Peeler Road.

As for revenue, the city predicts it will make $8 million off property taxes (the tax rate is remaining the same), $1.35 million from Municipal Court fines and $1 million from building permits. 

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