Woodstock to talk police compensation
by Michelle Babcock
February 23, 2014 04:00 AM | 2257 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The city manager is scheduled to discuss a police compensation plan at the Woodstock City Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. at The Chambers at City Center on Monday.

The agenda item comes after Woodstock Police Chief Calvin Moss presented a comprehensive salary study within his department to the council at its planning retreat in late January, and requested approval to raise officer salary to a competitive level — prompting a plan to conduct citywide salary studies in each department.

At the Woodstock government retreat, Moss said the police department has a high rate of officer turnover, and pinpointed the main problem being that Woodstock officers aren’t competitively paid.

“We have 21officers in the Woodstock Police Department that are currently making $16.02 an hour, with hiring dates as far back as 2007. We’ve got new officers literally hired less than a month ago who are making $16.02 an hour,” Moss explained at the retreat.

Moss presented a three-tier plan to increase police salary depending on years of service and the level of training an officer has.

Moss explained at the retreat that salary gaps between Woodstock police and police in competitive jurisdictions ranged from $1,820 to $5,007, depending on rank. Moss asked for approval to immediately begin implementing his plan, which he determined he had funds to support for the first five months.

City Manager Jeff Moon said the city staff would begin working on salary studies in all departments, and placed the chief’s salary plan on the agenda for Monday’s meeting.

Moon will bring the chief’s compensation plan up for discussion at the meeting Monday.

Also at the meeting, the Woodstock Public Works Department has four equipment requests on the agenda.

Pat Flood, director of public works, requested that the council approve the purchase of four large pieces of stormwater equipment at its meeting Monday.

The requests include the purchase of a miniature excavator, a track loader, a dump truck and an asphalt roller, all of which are budgeted for the present budget year, fiscal 2014.

Competitive price estimates were included on each of the agenda requests; the miniature excavator is estimated to cost $61,652, the track loader is estimated to cost $69,348, the dump truck is estimated at $58,473 and the asphalt roller at $33,900.

The total cost for all four pieces of equipment would be just more than $223,000.

The meeting will be at The Chambers at City Center, at 8534 Main St. in Woodstock.

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