Overland Park city council votes against discussing first responder pay increase

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Overland Park Police Department first responders on the scene of the homicide that took place on 87th Street earlier this month. Photo credit Mike Frizzell. 

A second attempt to increase the pay of Overland Park’s first responders went down in defeat Monday as a majority of city council members rejected an effort to put a hazard pay proposal on the agenda.

Council members had a sometimes testy discussion on whether hazard pay for those employees – an item forwarded by Councilmembers Faris Farassati and Scott Hamblin – should be discussed. Farassati and Hamblin argued that the extreme emergency of the pandemic was reason enough to fast-track the idea when the families of first responders were asking for help.