As department pay raises are at the top of everyone’s priority list we wanted to let you know that we work tirelessly towards this goal. We wanted to take a minute to share a letter we received from Axiom Public Affairs regarding our efforts.
We thank all of you for your support!
June 1, 2016
Sergeant Jimmy Chavez President
Arizona State Troopers Association PO Box 6253
Phoenix, Arizona 85005
During this past legislative session, the Arizona State Troopers Association made it their number one priority to address the Department of Public Safety’s pay disparity. For years, DPS employees’ compensation has significantly lagged behind that of their peers in other agencies across Arizona. Ongoing efforts to fully address the more than 20% pay disparity have resulted in small gains -a 2% pay increase in the 2014 session for all DPS employees and a 3% pay increase for sworn and highway patrol civilians in the fiscal year 2017 budget passed this session.
While progress still needs to be made, it is certain that neither of these pay increases would have happened without the strong support, commitment, and efforts of your association. No other association weighed in on this past year’s push for a 5% pay increase for all DPS employees.
The AZ Troopers began the effort in the fall of 2015 by meeting with key members of the Ducey administration to educate and explain the impact this pay disparity is having on DPS recruitment and retention. Beginning in January of this year, you sent a letter to all members of the Legislature, along with the most recent DPS Annual Pay Report, showing the challenges facing the agency. This was followed up with numerous face-to-face meetings with legislators to discuss the need for pay adjustments across the board for the agency, as well as two e-mails to legislators asking for their support of a 5% pay increase for all DPS employees. Your lobbying team repeatedly met with legislators urging their support and encouraged key supporters to continue to bring this budget item to House and Senate leadership.
To my knowledge, no other law enforcement association reached out to legislators asking for their support of a pay increase during the entire session. It was the work of your lobbying team on the ground and the efforts by the AZ Troopers that made it possible for DPS to get the pay increase included in the budget for the next fiscal year. We still have work to do and the AZ Troopers efforts need to continue and grow in scope. However, it is clear that without the continued leadership and commitment of the Arizona State Troopers Association, this issue will not receive the attention and consideration it deserves. We look forward to continuing the efforts to bring parity to DPS pay and ensuring DPS is the leading Jaw enforcement agency in Arizona.
Kelsey Lundy Partner