History, future of pay plans discussed at special meeting

Jonesboro City Pay Plan
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A special called Jonesboro city council meeting happened Monday night to look at the history of employee pay plans. The meeting took place ahead of Tuesday's discussion on police pay.

"Before we go forward, we need to look and see where we've been," Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Allen said.

Allen added that they wanted the council to consider certain things before moving forward.

"We talked about some philosophical questions that we felt like the council needed to think through, talk about and agree on before going forward with any kind of salary plan for the future," Allen said.

In 2009, the city adopted a new salary plan through the Johanson Group. The plan gives employees a minimum, mid-point and maximum salary but employees have no way to advance to the higher salaries.

Allen warned that any plans to help solve that will come at a continued cost to the city.

"Whatever amount we put toward salaries going forward, that's something that we'll have to pay every year," Allen said.

That very discussion takes place Tuesday for police officers. The finance committee is set to discuss a proposed step plan for the Jonesboro Police Department.

Finance committee chairman Darrel Dover said he thinks Tuesday's discussions will still take place despite the information presented Monday.

"This meeting was in no way to stop anything, it was just to make sure that everybody had the information as we go forward and that we understand everything," Dover said.

Allen added that other departments are watching to see what happens tomorrow regarding step raises for police officers.

"I expect that there will be more plans coming forward to council depending on what happens," Allen said.

That meeting starts Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Jonesboro city council chambers.

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