HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Fraternal Order of Police Gold Star Lodge 65 voted Tuesday to ratify a contract proposal between the union and the city of Huntington, with the measure next needing approval by the city council.

Sixty-five active and retired Huntington police officers voted for the proposal, meeting the minimum two-thirds majority. Ninety-five people were eligible to on the matter according to a press release.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said the contract was positive assurance in regards to health insurance and retirement for the officers, as well confidence regarding operational costs.

“Our primary objective in our contract negotiations with FOP Gold Star Lodge 65 was to provide financial security for our law enforcement officers, law enforcement retirees, their families and for city operations,” he said in a statement.

If signed, the contract would expire in June 2019.

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