Chattanooga officials are trying to fix years of what police officers have called an unfair and confusing pay structure in which recently hired officers have the potential to make more money than their supervisors.

While former Mayor Ron Littlefield's administration implemented a new promotion plan in 2008 in an attempt to address the pay disparity, officials said the changes made matters worse. Dozens of officers sued the city in response.

The city is still in the middle of two legal battles, but Mayor Andy Berke's administration said the city is working on a permanent solution.

A study of the pay structures of 26 other Southeast cities is expected to yield information about prevailing wages. And at a recent City Council meeting, Berke said some of the $5 million the city will save next year from the fire and police pension reform will be funneled to the police department for salaries.

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