Pay plans for non-uniform employees, firefighters held to one reading

Pay plans held to one reading
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Non-uniform employees and firefighters in the city of Jonesboro expect to have their pay plans approved by city council two weeks from now.

Their proposed pay plans went before city council Tuesday night, exactly two weeks after the passage of the police pay plan in September.

Councilman Darrel Dover requested the ordinances be held to their first reading Tuesday so that the city's chief financial officer and city attorney can work out potential legal issues.

City Attorney Carol Duncan told Region 8 News they're looking for consistency in all three pay plans.

"That's what we're working on. Whether it's going to formulate into one document that incorporates police, fire, and non-uniform in a changed pay plan, or if there are too many discrepancies between the three, we may end up with three separate pay plans that may all be adopted by resolution," Duncan said. "We want to bring it all back at the same time so that there's as much consistency among the three as there can be."

Duncan said that they hope it will all be done and ready to go in two weeks.

Councilman Dover also stated that he expected the second and third readings to happen at the next city council meeting on Oct. 18.

Changes to the Johanson Pay Plan, which the city adopted in 2009, incorporate step raises into the salaries of non-uniform employees. That plan would cost $653,178 the first year.

As for the Jonesboro Fire Department pay plan, between salary changes and benefits, the plan would cost $805,730.

The Jonesboro Police Department pay plan, which passed with a 10 to 1 vote on September 20, cost approximately $646,000.

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