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Revised pay scales OK'd for senior officers

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Reynoldsburg City Council approved legislation Monday, Oct. 8, to update a city ordinance that sets the minimum and maximum pay scales for senior police management.

Mayor Brad McCloud said last week that the salary schedules have not been amended since 2005.

He said the amendment would allow for a pay increase for individuals promoted from sergeant to lieutenant.

"Upon review of the police lieutenant pay, which in the ordinance calls for not less than a 5-percent pay raise upon promotion, we saw that based upon the sergeant's current rate of pay, this would not be possible within the limit of the current range," McCloud said.

The amendment to the ordinance was passed as emergency legislation "for the efficient and financial operation of city government," according to the reason given on the committee legislation form.

A police lieutenant's annual salary schedule had been set at a minimum of $61,626 and a maximum of $88,056. The new levels change the minimum pay to $67,789 and the maximum to $96,861.

In other business, McCloud and council members commended Street Superintendent Dave Metzger for being named a Public Works Leadership Fellow by the American Public Works Association.

McCloud said only 200 hundred people in the nation received the award this year.

Council also agreed to name Councilman Cornelius McGrady III to the West Licking Joint Fire District Board.

McGrady volunteered for the position, which has been vacant since council President Doug Joseph resigned in June, soon after the fire board was criticized for voting behind closed doors to place West Licking Fire Chief David Fulmer on paid administrative leave.

Acting West Licking Fire Chief Ken Mathews wrote a letter to Clerk of Council Nancy Frazier on Aug. 24, asking that Reynoldsburg City Council consider assigning a city representative to the board.

McGrady said last week he volunteered to serve because his ward is in the West Licking Fire District.

"We need to be represented in the ongoing business of the district," he said.

Fulmer has filed a lawsuit against the fire district, claiming it violated Ohio's open meetings laws and withheld public records from him.

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