Non-uniformed city employees may soon get more money for degrees

Incentive pay for various degrees
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Non-uniformed employees in the city of Jonesboro may soon get more money in their paychecks if they have a college degree.

During a Finance and Administration Committee meeting Tuesday, City Councilman Darrel Dover said that the Salary and Longevity Committee finalized plans for incentive pay for education.

Per the recommendation, non-uniformed employees would receive $1,500 for an associate's degree, $2,000 for a bachelor's degree and $2,500 for a master's degree.

"Police and fire already have this," Dover said.

The money would be added to the employee's base salary.

Code Enforcement Officer Wayne Rogers was a member of the committee. He said this incentive will help out in a college town like Jonesboro.

"I would hate to be a young person 30 to 40 thousand dollars in debt with a college degree," Rogers said. "This will help them with their loan."

Rogers said three employees in the police department, who aren't sworn officers, have their degrees and don't get compensated.

"Everybody in the department gets it but they don't so this corrects the situation there also," Rogers said.

Dover also discussed another recommendation to come out of the Salary and Longevity Committee.

The recommendation affects incentive pay for the Jonesboro Fire Department.

"Their's initially was incentive based, we are changing it to a flat fee for each one of those," Dover said. "It caps it at $4,000. That's the most you could ever make, where as before, it was a percentage and would keep going up and up and up."

Dover said the committee must still make a recommendation on incentives for retention for the Jonesboro Fire Department.

Resolutions for each of those recommendations will go before the Jonesboro City Council meeting next week.

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