Keokuk could have a new police chief in place by the end of the week.
Mayor Tom Marion is recommending Administrative Captain Dave Hinton for the post.
Hinton has been with the Keokuk Police Department for more than 20 years.
Marion says Hinton stood out from the other five candidates, who are also members of the department.
Burlington’s non-union employees are in a “wait-and-see” mode when it comes to their salaries for the upcoming fiscal year.
The city’s union workers are in line for 3.5% raises as part of the budget that takes effect July 1. The raises are included in the current union contracts, which are in the fourth year of five.
In May, the city council signed off on a new employee manual for non-union workers. The manual includes wage increases that are similar to the union raises.
There is a significant gap between Keokuk and some of its union employees as contract negotiations get underway.
The city has exchanged initial offers with representatives of the Teamsters Local #238, which represents employees in the police department, the wastewater treatment plant and the general unit.
The city is seeking a one-year contract with each group of employees. Each offer calls for a wage freeze for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2012.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors and the union representing employees of the Sheriff’s Office have each signed off on a new two year employment contract.
The deal includes a 3%wage increase on July 1and a 1.5%increase on July 1, 2013.
It also changes holiday pay calculations,requires quicker use of vacation time and increases deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums related to health insurance.
The new contract runs through June 30, 2014.
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Teachers in two southeast Iowa school districts are looking for pay raises.
The Keokuk Education Association and the Burlington Education Association have each made their initial contract offers for next year to their respective districts.
Keokuk’s teachers are seeking a $1,000 increase in the base pay for new faculty to $31,745.
The salaries for veteran teachers would increase accordingly based on experience and education.
They are also looking to change two pieces of language from the current contract.