By On behalf of The Law Offices of Roderick V. Hannah, Esq., P.A.

The police chief in Miami Beach, Florida, is slated to become one of the best-compensated city employees. A contract that was approved on April 30 will allow the current chief to enjoy the perks of a five-year employment contract designed to cater to his employee interests. The man will receive more than $200,000 in annual salary, and his contract will also include $2,000 for a monthly housing allowance. He will also receive an iPad and a municipal vehicle, according to news reports.

The new chief does come with a significant amount of experience, having spent most of his 34-year law enforcement career in New York. He was also serving as the police chief in Aurora, Colorado, when a fatal theater shooting occurred in that city. Officials with Miami Beach say that they had to offer an enticing employment contract in order to attract a qualified applicant on a national level.

In addition to the financial benefits that will be provided to the new chief, the man’s contract also allows him to choose his own command staff representatives. That means that he can bring in senior workers from other departments throughout the nation without fear of reprisal. The employment agreement certainly could be considered competitive for a police chief at a Florida municipal department.

Workers are often able to negotiate both financial and incidental benefits through clauses in their employment contracts. These documents can help protect workers from unfair firing and other unpleasant employer actions. Employment contracts can be useful for those in higher-level leadership, providing them with the rights and protection they need to do their jobs to the best of their ability.

Source: Miami Herald, “New Miami Beach police chief gets $207,500 salary plus housing allowance — and an iPad” Christina Veiga, May. 05, 2014