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Council studying raises for specific employees

Posted: January 31, 2013 - 9:05pm



Specific positions within the city of Conway and what they are paid will be looked at by an independent group who was last used in 2009.

The Conway City Council met in special committee to discuss various pay scales and pay midpoints for several specific department positions as well as the broader group of administrative assistants. The result of that study could mean a different pay scale and essentially a raise for several specific city employees.

The council also informally approved a request by City Attorney Mike Murphy to advertise for a City Deputy Prosecutor with a salary of $72,500. A formal resolution will be considered at the next city council meeting.

Murphy expressed concern that the current pay scale of $63,500 is not consistent with other jobs in comparable areas. In addition, deputy prosecutors for Faulkner County make more on average than what was initially offered.

“This amount would be for extremely strong candidates,” Murphy said. “What we don’t want this place to turn into is a training ground where we pay to train someone at the lower pay, and then they turn around and head two blocks down the road for more money.”

Murphy pointed out that the deputy position will have to “put on many hats” in both criminal and civil arenas.

The council will pay for the new study, which receives input from department heads about each department position, including job descriptions, levels of experience, mental and physical requirements, etc.

The most recent comprehensive study completed in 2009 cost approximately $12,000, but this one will be less by focusing on fewer positions. The purpose, according to Conway Mayor Tab Townsell, is to provide objective analysis in job rankings, especially when they are compared to market value.

“What we do not need to be doing is cherry picking ourselves,” Townsell said. “This should provide a fair assessment of each person’s duties.”

If the council is able to provide raises for certain positions based on the study, they would be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013.

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Citizen of Conway 02/01/13 - 10:06 am

I think the last minute raises that were thrown in for the Mayor, City Clerk and City Attorney should also be looked at to see if the raise but them above the midpoint of similar positions around the state.

This was done as a last minute addition to the pay raises and gave no opportunrity for public input.

ucantbserious 02/01/13 - 10:10 am

Notice how the mayor bundled in a raise for himself AFTER the election. Didn't want to run the risk of someone else benefiting from that right off the bat. Now his pay is higher than the mayors of several larger cities around the state.

BuzzBy 02/01/13 - 10:30 am
Know the Code

What this means:
essentially a raise for several specific city employees.

a raise for Tab's cronies

Budnmud 02/01/13 - 01:02 pm
Code word:


IDKM 02/01/13 - 12:15 pm
Wasn’t this just discussed…

From article 12/21/12 regarding City Council: “Calling the old seven step program “unsustainable,” the City Council on Thursday voted in a new program based on a salary survey initially performed in 2009. The salary survey was updated in 2012 for Conway and was supplemented by the 2012 Arkansas Municipal League Salary survey of cities of over 49,000 population. DBSquared of Fayetteville conducted both Conway’s and the League’s surveys.
Almost everybody gets a raise, starting with the first paycheck of January.

Those that don’t get a raise, about 90 employees, are already at or above what the market suggests.”

So where does this NEW survey fall in line with what was said earlier?

Snuffy012150 02/01/13 - 02:19 pm
Does anything Ever Change?

Decisions are all made in the "back room" and eventually made "official" in public meetings. LCD if you think that you're keeping the public informed because you have the FOIA behind you, then you are making yourselves a laughingstock! What has happened to REAL investigative reporting? As far as salaries, there are people in positions who are evaluating other employees for salary adjustments who are in no position to evaluate any other employee. They don't have the credentials to be in the position they are today. They should be looked at very closely before ANY of the evaluations they do are even taken into consideration. The way their evaluations can effect so many lives, they should be evaluated themselves by a group of peers from outside the City of Conway who can give them a truthful
evaluation. I think if it was done honestly, they'd find that there are some department heads who are not qualified for their jobs!

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