Study recommends changes to city’s pay schedule

Published 5:34 pm Sunday, April 9, 2017

During its meeting Monday night, Washington’s City Council is scheduled to receive finding and recommendations included in a pay study it commissioned nearly a year ago.

David Hill, with Piedmont Triad Regional Council, will present those findings and recommendations, according to a memorandum from Stacey Christini, the city’s human-resources director, to the mayor and council members. PTRC also was tasked with making recommendations concerning a market analysis and an internal equity review.

The recommended classification and pay study will empower the city in its efforts to recruit, retain and motivate a workforce with pay at fair, equitable and competitive rates while ensuring internal equity with other city positions, according to the memorandum. As part of the study process, PTRC involved city employees by asking them to complete a job-analysis questionnaire. The responses were verified by department supervisors and/or department heads.

According to the council’s tentative agenda for tonight’s meeting, the council will be asked to formally adopt the following PTRC recommendations:

• adopt the recommended pay plan, which would cost $62,600, according to the study;

• adopt the compensation component (which addresses salary compression) proposal No. 2. That proposal recognizes the employees’ time in their position classifications. Implementing that proposal would cost $172,200, according to the study;

• adopt that the human resources function be defined as a department that reports directly to the city manager instead of the city’s administrative services/chief financial officer.

“The analysis provides the data to ensure the City’s salary grade structure remains competitive with other employers in the relevant market area,” reads part of a letter from Hill to City Manager Bobby Roberson. “The recommendations are designed to ensure both salary grades and salary ranges are sufficient for the City to attract and retain well qualified employees as well as retain existing staff to meet varied service delivery requirements.”

The study compared Washington’s pay classifications and salaries to local governments such as Tarboro, Williamston, Clinton, Beaufort County, Martin County, New Bern, Greenville and others in the region.

The council is expected to consider the study’s recommendations as it works on the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget in coming weeks.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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