The Town Council last week took much-anticipated strides toward improving pay structures and pension plans for police and firefighters that would put those employees more in line with their counterparts in neighboring municipalities.
During a special meeting Thursday, council members and town officials discussed the importance of base compensation, merit pay and retirement benefits in attracting and retaining quality employees.
“There’s a lot of positive discussions, which we’re excited about,” Fire-Rescue Division Chief Sean Baker said in an interview Friday. “We’re just grateful for the support of not only the Town Council, but Town Manager Kirk Blouin, the Civic Association and the town residents for their work in this. At the end of the day, we’re all better off if we can be competitive with other divisions.”