MEDFORD CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION MINUTES
December 18, 2014
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in the Medford Room, City Hall, 411 W. 8th
Street, Medford with the following members present.
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, Eli Matthews, Bob Strosser and Tim Jackle. Councilmembers elect Clay Bearnson, Kevin Stine and Michael Zarosinski.
1. Police & Fire Compression: Michael Snyder, Human Resource Director addressed the Council and provide information on the current pay scales for select positions in these two departments. He noted the issue of compression for the Police Department is that there is a 2% pay difference between Sergeants and Corporal/Investigator positions. In addition, the Sergeants have fallen behind the equivalent position of Fire Captains in the Fire Department. This has affected the number of applicants desiring to move into the higher position. During the last two recruitments, only three applicants applied for the Sergeant position.
In the Fire Department the compress is between the Battalion Chief and Fire captain positions. There is only a .5% pay difference. This has affected the number of applicants for the promotional position as well.
Mr. Snyder noted that the Medford Code allows the City Manager to review and revise the job classifications for these positions. He noted that all positions are currently frozen at Step 2 and the recommendation is to move them to Step 3 to provide a 5% wage increase and diminish the compression.
But before taking this action, the issue of compression for the Police and Fire Chief positions needs to be addressed. These positions are currently experiencing compression between their position and their next level of command.
Mr. Snyder displayed salary scales from comparable cities such as Bend, Beaverton, Springfield and Hillsboro. Based on the comparable and the need to fix the rate for the Chiefs, Mr. Snyder reported that the recommendation is to modify the pay scale to allow for a 15% difference in the top of scale over the deputy chief positions.
Councilmembers discussed the need to hire and retain qualified public safety employees and supervisors. The next step is to bring issue forward for Council consideration at the January 15, 2015 meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 6:23 p.m.