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Police to Vote on Take Home Car Settlement

by Gabe Bullard on March 1, 2011

The Louisville Fraternal Order of Police chapter is set to vote Tuesday on a settlement with Metro Government over take home cars.

Last week, the FOP website reported that the city had tentatively agreed to drop fees on officers who use their cars off duty and to repay the officers for the fees that have been collected since they were first imposed in 2008. It’s estimated the settlement would tentatively cost the city about $1 million, though most of the money collected through the fees has reportedly been kept in escrow.

The FOP’s roughly 1,200 members will vote on the settlement Tuesday evening. The Courier-Journal reports that FOP president Dave Mutchler–who has not returned calls for comment–sent officers an e-mail asking them to support the settlement, and stressed four of its provisions:

* The city will reimburse each current and former sworn member for all gasoline fees paid prior to the agreement, or for nearly three years.

* No gasoline fees will be charged to members who do not use a Louisville Metro Police Department vehicle in conjunction with secondary employment.

* Members will pay a gasoline fee for each month in which they use a police vehicle in association with secondary employment. Such fees may fluctuate and will be determined based on the average monthly retail price for a gallon of regular gasoline.

* The agreement will be in force for two years.

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Deal Apparently Close In LMPD Take-Home Car Dispute

by Rick Howlett February 25, 2011

In 2008, then-Mayor Jerry Abramson ordered that officers be charged a monthly fee for the private use of their take-home cruisers, in order to help close a budget shortfall. The Fraternal Order of Police filed suit, claiming that the cars were part of its contract with the city and not subject to fees.

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Fischer Hopes For Fresh Start With LMPD

by Gabe Bullard January 10, 2011

The FOP and the mayor’s office were previously at odds on a number of issues, most recently whether officers can be made to pay to use their police vehicles while off-duty. The case has been appealed several times, but Fischer says out-of-court negotiations with the FOP will begin this week.

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City Undecided On Appeal In Take-Home Car Case

by Gabe Bullard August 5, 2010

Louisville Metro Government has been handed another legal defeat in its attempts to collect fees on take-home police cars. On Wednesday, a Jefferson Circuit judge upheld a state Labor Cabinet decision in favor of the police officers, and blocking the city from collecting the fees.

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UPDATE: City Preparing To Appeal Fee Decision, FOP Wants Money Back

by Gabe Bullard July 14, 2009

Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson’s office is preparing to take the case for take-home car fees to Jefferson Circuit Court.

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State Sides With FOP In Take-Home Car Dispute

by Rick Howlett July 7, 2009

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has upheld a hearing officer’s recommendation in a dispute between the Louisville Metro Police union and the administration of Mayor Jerry Abramson over the city’s take-home car program. Labor Secretary J.R. Gray agreed with the ruling issued in May that Metro Government cannot charge police officers for the use of their […]

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McGuire Says FOP Ready for Court Battle

by scrosby May 20, 2009

After an opinion yesterday in favor of the Louisville Fraternal Order of Police, the union president says they’re ready for a possible court battle with Metro Government.  A hearing officer with the state Labor Cabinet said yesterday the city should stop charging its police officers for use of their take-home vehicles.  The fees were put […]

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Labor Cabinet Officer Opposes Car Fees

by Gabe Bullard May 19, 2009

A Kentucky Labor Cabinet hearing officer says Louisville Metro Government should stop collecting fees from police officers who use their cars off duty.

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City, Police Await Decision On Take Home Cars

by Gabe Bullard March 2, 2009

Louisville Metro Government and the Fraternal Order of Police are awaiting a ruling from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet in their dispute over fees charged by the city for the use of take home cars.

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FOP President Says Take-Home Car Issue Isn't Over

by scrosby January 21, 2009

The city’s police union was dealt a blow yesterday in its ongoing battle over Louisville’s take-home car program. Mayor Jerry Abramson wants to increase fees for people who use the city’s take-home cars. But the FOP got an injunction, saying the decision couldn’t be made without collective bargaining. An appellate court lifted the injunction yesterday, […]

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