Unanimous Yes

Simpsonville Raises Wages for Public Safety

Stacie Bartro
August 13, 2019 - 11:10 am
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UPDATE:   It's a yes for Public Safety Personnel raises… Mayor Janice Curtis and 6 Council Members unanimously voted in favor Tuesday evening to pass a Resolution to increase the compensation of Police Officers and Firefighters immediately while also creating new minimum pay grades.

This vote pushes forward Phase 1a of the salary compensation study. Phase 1b and Phase 2 will happen over time by 2022.

Official Resolution below.

More money for Simpsonville Public Safety… 

City Council is set to officially vote tonight [Tuesday 8/13/19) on a Resolution to increase the minimum wage for Police and Firefighter positions as the city admits wages paid “has not kept up with current trends and the competition to employ competent, trained and skilled public safety personnel has substantially increased.”

Phase 1a will increase the minimum pay grade for 7 position titles in the Police Department, 3 position titles for the Fire Department, excluding command staff.  (listed below)  Phase 1b and Phase 2 will have to be voted into ordinance for fiscal years 2021 and 2022. 

As of right now, Justin Campbell - Community Relations Specialist, says Simpsonville Residents will not see a tax increase.  Phase 1a costs are covered in part by funds already budgeted this year and are also being taken from a 2 million dollar surplus realized from the 2018-2019 budget year. 

The official City of Simpsonville Resolution below:

A RESOLUTION TO FUND PHASE 1A OF THE COMPENSATION STUDY BY INCREASING PAY FOR ALL PUBLIC SAFETY (POLICE AND FIRE) THAT ARE PATROL AND FIREFIGHTER POSITIONS (EXCLUDING COMMAND STAFF) TO THE NEW MINIMUM SALARIES FOR THEIR CORRESPONDING GRADES

WHEREAS, a primary function of municipal government is the provision of public safety services; and,

WHEREAS, in recent years the wages paid to public safety employees has not kept up with current trends and the competition to employ competent, trained and skilled public safety personnel has substantially increased; and,

WHEREAS, the City, as a part of its FY 2019-2020 Annual Budget, commissioned a salary compensation study to be made; and,

WHEREAS, the compensation study has been completed and it indicates that changes should be made to the wages paid to city employees at a cost estimated to be $1,742,000.00; and

WHEREAS, the City Council, recognizing budgetary constraints wishes to place into effect a phased approach to the implementation of the compensation study beginning with certain public safety employees at a cost of $322,500.00;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the City Council of the City of Simpsonville as follows: That the City Administrator of the City of Simpsonville is hereby authorized to implement Phase 1a of the compensation study recommendations by increasing the following positions to minimum of the new pay grades:

Police Department Patrol Officer $38,862 Corporal Patrol $40,422 Sergeant Patrol $45,102 Investigator $41,982 School Resource Ofc $38,862 Dispatch $31,062 Dispatch Supervisor $41,982

Fire Department Firefighter $35,742 Engineer $38,862 Lieutenant $41,982

IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Administrator is authorized to secure the needed funds in the amount of $322,500.00 by (a) making line item changes to the FY2019-2020 to fund 1/3 of the cost to complete Phase 1a; and (b) appropriating the remaining funding needed from the $2,000,000 surplus realized from the FY 2018-2019 budget year.

 

Timeline of Salary Increases for the City of Simpsonville:

 Phase 1a – A pay increase for all public safety officials to bring their salaries to the new recommended minimum pay grade will take effect immediately upon a majority approval of Resolution 2019-04 by City Council on Aug. 13.

Phase 1b – A pay increase for all other City employees to bring their salaries to the new recommended minimum pay grade will take effect in Fiscal Year 2020-2021 upon a majority approval by City Council of the 2021 budget ordinance or an amendment to the approved 2021 budget.

Phase 2 – A pay increase to adjust for the years of experience for City employees will take effect in FY 2021-2022 upon a majority approval by City Council of the 2022 budget ordinance or an amendment to the approved 2022 budget.

 

Simplified

Phase 1a – August 2019

Phase 1 b – FY 2020-2021 (Between July 2020 and June 2021)

Phase 2 – FY 2021-2022 (Between July 2021 and June 2022)

 

To see all City Council Business Meeting notes, click here.

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