Meeting to discuss police pay postponed

Meeting to discuss police pay postponed
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro Public Safety Council Committee meeting was canceled Tuesday.

The decision came a week after Committee Chairman Mitch Johnson called for the special meeting to discuss implementing a step plan for Jonesboro police officers.

A proposed ordinance to amend the Jonesboro city budget by an additional $852,000 to implement the plan was supposed to go before the council committee meeting Tuesday, but discussions were put on hold.

"It's best just to stop the process for a week or two so we can get everything ironed out and then proceed on," Police Chief Rick Elliott said.

Chief Elliott said there are still some questions about whether the step raises would cancel out the longevity pay city employees were given earlier this year.

However, the main goal is to get officers fair pay.

"The pay scale that was implemented back in the first part of the year was a big step towards rectifying the problem but according to the company that put this together, we weren't quite up to what they call market average," Chief Elliot said. "That's the goal we're trying to get at this point."

Chief Elliott said it should only take them a couple of weeks before they're ready to present it to that committee.

He said he believes that if they city adopts the ordinance for police, they may implement the step raises for other departments in the city as well.

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