Warner Robins City Council to make million dollar pay scale fix
WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Warner Robins City Council is trying to tackle its pay scale issues. The council and public heard results of a study conducted at Valdosta State University on how to fix the long standing pay scale problems.
For Warner Robins Public Safety Departments, equal pay is the issue. For years, the city has run into issues of employee retention in its public safety divisions and results of that study they did says the current pay scale is to blame.
“The fact that our entry level employees are making the same amount as a person that’s been here for six years or seven years is making,” said Police Chief Brett Evans.
That’s why Warner Robins city council is trying to make some long overdue adjustments to the departments pay scales.
“The issue within our city pay scale is the inequities over time of raises, whether it be merit raises or promotional raises,” said Mayor Randy Toms.
They hope to also tackle an age old dilemma of officer retention.
“That’s one of the problems that we have in law enforcement–retaining the good employees and not having them go to another agency or somewhere else where they feel like they can make more money,” said Evans.
Mayor Toms says it won’t be a cheap fix. “About $1.2 million to $1.6 million that would be somewhat offset with the 2% raise that’s currently in the budget. We would take that 2% raise out and use that money to fund the $1.2-1.6 million.”
But, they’re willing to spend if it means rewarding veteran employees for their years of loyalty and service.
Mayor Toms says the council will hold a called session some time this week to try and work that million dollar pay scale fix into the city’s future budget plans.
The Warner Robins City Council will meet again and hope to make a decision at their next meeting on June 19th.