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Most Columbus city government workers will see a 2 percent raise next year, but a few will see a higher boost to bring them in line with comparable
City Council approved Mayor Kristen Brown’s proposal for a 2 percent raise for all full-time workers but also included part-time and seasonal workers in the pay bump. The mayor also sought raises of up to 7 percent for a handful of specific city officials. The total raise package will cost the city about $466,000.
Jeff Logston, the city’s director of finance and administration, said the 2 percent increase for full-time workers was a cost-of-living raise based on the rate of inflation in the Midwest. The City Council, led by council member Frank Jerome, decided to also add a 2 percent raise for part-time and seasonal workers.
About 40 of the city’s employees will receive raises larger than 2 percent for a variety of reasons, Logston and Brown said.
The majority of the raises above 2 percent were proposed in the police department, as part of a continuing effort to differentiate the pay of supervisors from patrol officers, Brown said. Under the approved plan, Police Chief Jason Maddix would receive a 4 percent pay raise, the deputy chief and two captains would receive a 7 percent raise, and nine lieutenants and 13 sergeants would receive a 6 percent raise.
“Chief Maddix, as part of the budget process in 2012 for 2013, brought forward a proposal that had a few phases to it to make sure the proper financial incentives were there for his officers to continue to improve themselves, to continue to strive to stay with the department but also to continue to move up in the officer ranks and while within the officer ranks, to stay there,” Logston said.
Gary Burris, representative for the city firefighters’ union, asked if fire department supervisors would receive similar raises, but Brown said she was not requesting that. She said the department needed to finish writing job descriptions for all of its positions and conduct an analysis of pay in similar departments before she could justify a raise request.
The administration proposal also sought larger raises for Jeff Bergman, director of the city/county planning department, the assistant director and two senior planners. Logston said that the department has been doing excellent work, has been extremely involved in additional projects across city government and the pay raises would put those employees in line with similar positions in the city engineer’s office and other communities.
The mayor proposed a pay raise and title change for Bryan Burton, the head of the City Garage. When Brown took office, Burton was given more responsibility, but his title as garage manager was not changed. His pay was not increased either. For 2014, Burton’s title was changed to director of the city garage, and he will receive a 6 percent pay increase.
The mayor also sought a pay increase for her executive assistant, Jill King. Logston said the assistant is frequently the voice and face of city government to those who need to contact the city.
The 2014 salary ordinance also removed several vacant positions from the parks department that will not be filled, including assistant director of parks and recreation, director of parks operations, director of recreation and project planning director. Logston said most of the parks positions have been vacant for several years, and the changes to the ordinance were made to reflect that reality. Nick Rush, the director of parks operation, retired earlier this summer.
Several parking garage positions in the parks budget for The Commons also were eliminated because the downtown parking garages are now being managed and operated by contractor REI Real Estate Services.
The City Council also approved a 2 percent pay increase for elected officials, including the mayor, council members and the clerk-treasurer. Brown said she did not want a raise but recognized that the mayor’s salary puts a sort of cap on the salary of other city employees. Earlier this year she donated her 2013 pay increase to the animal shelter. She said that she will make a similar donation next year.
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