The Richmond Register

Breaking News

Local News

June 18, 2014

Police chief questions pay grades

RICHMOND — Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock questioned the city’s new pay-grade and classification plan as as the city commission heard first reading Tuesday afternoon of an ordinance containing it.

The pay scale is a way for the city to measure the value of a specific job without looking at who hold a position, according to the city’s human resources office.

At the bottom of the pay scale is Grade 1, with a minimum salary of $15,000. Each successive grade boosts pay by $1,200, up to Grade 50 with minimum pay of $73,800.

In the proposed plan, no current jobs are listed as Grade 1, and only the city manager’s job was listed as Grade 50.

The scale also lists midpoint and maximum pay for each grade.

Brock said the new plan ranks several jobs in the police department – lieutenant, sergeant, patrolman, etc. – lower than they are being paid.

In the proposed pay scale, lieutenant is ranked at Grade 20, with a minimum pay of $37,800 and a maximum of $51,141. However, Brock said the base pay he is allowed to give lieutenants is $46,342, which he said better relates to Grade 27.

Why put a lieutenant at Grade 20 with a salary cap of $51,148 when that only gives the opportunity for $5,000 addition money, he asked. Why not classify the rank at the current pay level?

The scale represent an average pay by Kentucky cities, according to the HR office.

Brock said most cities pay their police officers more than the average and more than what Richmond pays. That is why his department has lost a number of people over the past five years, the chief said.

He would like to pay his officers more so the city can keep them after paying for their training and giving them experience, Brock said.

“We just want to be competitive and keep the good people we have,” Brock said.

The chief asked if the city has a plan to increase employee pay.

Mayor Jim Barnes he didn’t think the city could increase salaries with its current revenue stream. Controlling expenses is easier than controlling revenue, he said.

Why classify police jobs at lower levels if officers could not look forward to pay increases, Brock asked.

The mayor and commissioners made no promises but agreed to meet with Brock in a work session to discuss the issue further.

1
Text Only
Local News
AP Video
Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

What county fair attraction do you like most?

Amusement rides
Beauty pageants
Flora Hall craft exhibits
Horse shows
Livestock, poultry shows
Truck, tractor pulls
Mud, dirt races
Gospel sing
I like them all
     View Results