The City of Fountain Inn City Council unanimously voted to approve raising Police Officer salaries at a special called City Council meeting held on February 6, 2023. The motion was put forth by Mayor George Patrick McLeer, Jr. and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem and Ward Four Councilman Phil Clemmer.
“Today, we are providing our Fountain Inn Police Department with a much-needed boost to help retain and recruit top talent in order to keep our community safe every day. It’s no secret that Police Departments across the nation, including right here in our corner of South Carolina, are competing every day for this top talent. Fountain Inn has to stay competitive.” (Mayor George Patrick McLeer, Jr.)
The proposal, spearheaded by City Administrator Shawn Bell, Assistant City Administrator Naomi Reed, and the City of Fountain Inn’s Human Resource Director Rebecca Mejia-Ward, is the first step in recruiting and retaining the best talent available to serve the City of Fountain Inn. Beyond that, the approved proposal shows the city’s commitment to supporting our growing police force, which serves our expanding community daily. Police Chief Michael Hamilton leads the City of Fountain Inn’s Police Department. Police Officer’s salaries have been raised from Fourteen dollars an hour to nineteen.