Honest question: Did a union or officers coming together at all the other agencies in the county make their pay higher than RPDs, making us the lowest paid agency for officers? Or was it their city leadership acknowledging the value they provided to their towns and cities, so they paid them their worth. It works both ways. I believe the city council and city manager have no interest in paying a higher wage. They want to pay as low as they can for the job to be done. Then they have more money for what they deem is important: City parks, greenways, revitalizing certain parts of the city, and try and making us into Charlotte Jr.