Chattanooga police officers file complaint over pay discrepancies
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Dissent within the Chattanooga Police Department is spilling out into the public arena, and could play out in the courtroom.
Twenty-nine captains, lieutenants and sergeants have filed a complaint over their department's job promotions and salary plan.
The Chancery Court complaint says younger officers are granted promotions and pay increases, often out-earning their more experienced supervisors.
The suit names the city, Mayor Ron Littlefield and Police Chief Bobby Dodd.
The veteran officers are seeking back pay, lost benefits, damages, court costs, attorney's fees and a solution to the pay disparity.
An attorney representing the group of 29 says the City Council has acknowledged the problem, but the administration has taken no action to properly compensate its more experienced police officers.