Police, fire chiefs in Collinsville get new contracts

News-DemocratSeptember 9, 2013 

— The police and fire chiefs in Collinsville will get a few more vacation days from now on.

The City Council approved changes to the contracts for police chief Eric Van Hook and fire chief Mark Emert at its meeting Monday. The contracts were altered to allow four weeks of vacation each year instead of three, and extended their contracts by a year each.

City Manager Scott Williams said that both chiefs have demonstrated their commitment to the Collinsville community, their dedication to improving the departments and to streamline budgets for containing costs.

Williams said the changes were made to make the contracts "more market-competitive."

Councilman Mike Tognarelli said he appreciated the work the chiefs have done thus far. "I want to thank both chiefs for jumping into their jobs, making the changes that needed to be made and fighting the hard battles," he said.

Van Hook began as police chief in September 2012 at $95,000 a year. He receives the standard 2-percent raise, and with the extension, his contract runs through September 2016.

Emert began as fire chief in January 2012 at $92,400 a year. He also receives the standard 2-percent raise, and with the extension, his contract runs through January 2015.

The council's vote was unanimous.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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