“I think their request is to receive vacation pay in 2012,” Franklin said.
Collins would not say which year her request involved, but she said her claim was the same as the firefighters.
“We’re asking for the same thing that the fire department got,” Collins said.
Franklin added that he believes the city ordinance may affect whether the police officers are entitled to vacation pay.
“The ordinance, any way it’s looked at, is clear that once they leave employment of the city, there’s nothing else that follows them,” Franklin said.
Under city ordinance 2004-57, “rest and recreation leave shall not be accumulative and shall be taken in the year for which it was earned.”
Franklin added that it would be the city council that would have to appropriate the money if there were a settlement.
“In the end it’s not the mayor’s decision, it’s the City Council,” Franklin said.
Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or email@example.com.