HIGHLANDS, NJ - Highlands PBA President Matthew Chesek announced the police union had reached an accord that will save Highlands Borough thousands of dollars in 2011.  Starting January 1, 2011 under the memorandum of agreement with the Borough, officers will no longer be paid overtime for the next 18 months. That will save the Borough an

estimated $193,000 dollars over the contract term. In addition the Union agreed to defer raises saving a total of      $27,331 dollars. “We are all having tough times and cutting extra duty pay was a difficult decision. In the end we are committed to working with the Borough and providing the community with the best level of service,” said PBA President Chesek. He continued, “We are local police officers who know the residents, businesses, and kids - we want to keep that level of protection and eliminating overtime and deferring raises was the result”.

The Union  also approved allowing the Borough to switch to a cheaper health care plan that will save an estimated $320,000 Borough wide. The Borough for its part also agreed not to layoff any officers for the next 18 months. “The half million dollars in savings was done so we can maintain our level of service. Keeping the officers we have and maintaining a minimum of 2 to 3 officers covering the Borough each shift was important”, said Chesek.