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March 29, 2013

Wage study for Jeffersonville returned

New pay grades, rates offered; legal department may lose position

JEFFERSONVILLE — The city of Jeffersonville would reduce its number of pay grades from 16 to 10 and consider other salary structure changes if it adopts findings of a study presented this week.

A wage study undertaken by Elizabeth Gross, owner of ParkLand HR Services LLC, was designed to review Jeffersonville’s current payment policy and offer suggestions on how to make improvements to the system. The wage scale and salary policy, which is supposed to be reviewed every two years, was compared to other cities of similar size in Indiana and Bureau of Labor of Statistics figures, she said. It was presented Wednesday to the Jeffersonville City Council.

 

SUGGESTED CHANGES

One recommendation was to reduce the number of pay grades in the city from its current structure of 16 to 10 and to expand the pay ranges within those classifications. The ranges of salaries — from the lowest amount at the lowest pay grade to the highest possible pay at the highest pay grade — range from $21,420 to $136,000. Pay raises were also suggested for specific employees to be commensurate with their role and responsibility.

Gross said the review helped to “identify and adjust pay levels for key staff whose pay is significantly lower than you would expect based on their job performance, market value of the job and their years on the job.”

Four jobs that were identified included the animal shelter director, director of human resources, assistant director of wastewater and the city engineer.

New language was also suggested, “to ensure that no one individual can exercise too broad a scope to determine individual pay increases during a rolling 12-month period, the president of the city council or the vice president, in the absence of the president ... will direct a review of any employee pay rate change that would provide a pay increase of 7 percent, or $5,000,” Gross said.

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