Police officers vote to leave union

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

In a 5-3 secret vote that occurred in November and December, Williston Police officers in the classifications of sergeant and officers elected to no longer be a part of the Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association (the union).

Last Friday, the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) revoked the certification from the union, severing those eight employees from the PBA.

Robert Proctor, one of Williston’s officers, filed the original petition to set the ball in motion.

City Manager Scott Lippmann said he notified all eight officers Monday that the city is still honoring the contracts that were negotiated by the PBA on their behalf. 

“All the same conditions are in effect,” Lippmann said. “Their hours, pay, benefits–they’re all the same.”

The decertification could, however, give Police Chief Dennis Strow more management control over his department now that everything from hours to policy won’t have to be PBA approved.

There will be no fiscal impact for the city, Lippmann added, although officers will save the dues that were deducted monthly from their paychecks.