Warren officers sue city over promotions

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Five Warren police officers have filed suit against the city for its plan to eliminate three ranking positions.

The officers are asking the judge to force the city to promote the next eligible candidates to sergeant, lieutenant and captain. The police union said the plan to cut the positions violates their agreement.

Those posts were left empty by retirements. In November, Warren City Council passed a resolution to eliminate the three positions through attrition.

“I can tell you that prior to making the move to reducing the ranks, the matter was researched thoroughly. We do feel that we were well within the parameters of the law and taking the action that was taken and we will just see how it shakes out in court,” Warren City Law Director Greg Hicks said.

Officials have said previously that the city of Warren would save $400,000 annually by eliminating the salaries and benefits of those three positions.

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