The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously for salary increases for Atlanta police officers at its Oct. 15 meeting.

The $10 million allotted for pay raises will utilize $2.47 million from the city’s general fund and $7.53 million from the Atlanta Police Department’s general revenue fund and the aviation revenue fund.

The pay increase — 30 percent over the next three years — will make officer wages much more competitive with other agencies in the region and in similarly sized urban cities nationwide. The Atlanta Police Department is trying to fill hundreds of vacancies, but officers have been drawn to other cities that offer higher salaries.

“I am deeply moved emotionally, having worked for years to bring our officer’s salaries up to a standard that will allow them to make being a member of the Atlanta Police Department a career not just a short time opportunity,” said City Council member Michael Julian Bond, the sponsor of the legislation authorizing the transfer of funds.

The ordinance was co-sponsored by Hillis and Council members Howard Shook, Carla Smith, Ivory Lee Young, Jr., Cleta Winslow, Andrea Boone, Marci Collier Overstreet, Joyce M. Sheperd, Amir R. Farohki, Dustin Hillis, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, J.P. Matzigkeit, Andre Dickens, Jennifer N. Ide and Matt Westmoreland.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who proposed the budget amendment, signed the legislation on Monday.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.