Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue’s eight district chiefs will each get 3 percent raises under a collective bargaining agreement Palm Beach County Commissioners approved Tuesday at their regular meeting.
The vote was 6-0; commissioner Hal Valeche was absent.
The agreement, reached with Professional Firefighters/Paramedics of Palm Beach County, Local 2928 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, was ratified by union members on Oct. 11.
Raises will cost the county $256,992 over three years.
Under the new deal, pay for district chiefs will go from about $159,875 to $164,671 this year, then to $169,611 in 2017, and $174,677 in 2018.
District chiefs each oversee a different part of the county. Fire-Rescue and the union formally switched the title last year from “battalion chief” to “district chief” to be consistent with area municipal departments.
The Palm Beach County Commission did the following Tuesday:
Homeless shelter: Heard the county has bought the homeless shelter on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and Henrietta Avenue from the Center for Family Services for $950,000 and will invest another $200,000 in repairs and renovations.
Palm Tran: Heard Palm Tran is receiving $1.3 million in federal grants for new fare boxes and routing systems, partly to better coordinate with Tri-Rail.
Drones: Heard the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is getting a $1 million state grant for drones.
Paragon: Voted 4-2 not to renew a $40,000 contract for Paragon Florida to help create low- and moderate-income jobs. Later, it voted to reconsider and restored the money by a 6-0 vote.