Council unanimously approved a salary raise for two division chiefs, Jeff Breasher and Jeff Gregory of the Patterson Fire Department, and increased the salary of Mike Willett, longtime director of public works, who leads the city’s largest department.
City Manger Rod Butler said during the Jan. 21 city council meeting that the three managers were due pay raises.
The fire division chiefs were being paid a smaller sum compared to their years of experience and skill level, he said, while Willett was at the top of the pay scale and had taken on additional duties over the last year.
Willett’s current top salary range was more than $9,300 monthly, although changes are in the works for Willet to include roughly $10,200 monthly.
The division chiefs’ current salary cap was at just more than $6,600, and the change was to a maximum of $8,600.
The fire training captains’ salary can be as high as $6,300, not including overtime.
While mid-management and management employees are not represented by a bargaining unit for negotiating salaries and benefits, Fire Chief Steve Hall and Willett have been in discussions with the city manager and council regarding pay and benefits for the managers over the last six months, according to a staff report to the council authored by Butler.
According to the report, the city council and managers agreed to the following:
- Effective Feb. 1, managers and mid-managers will receive a 3 percent bump in pay if they were hired prior to July 1, 2012. The managers and mid-managers have not received a raise in five years, Butler wrote.
- The city will pay 100 percent of the Kaiser Health Maintenance Organization plan for the employee and two plus dependents. That is not a change from the previous level of coverage.
- The city only agreed to accept the study as part of possible raises in the future, and only changed the salaries of three managers.
- The managers agreed to work with the city to create lower cost benefit tiers for new hires. The date threshold for new hires has not been established and negotiations are expected to be ongoing for the new tiers throughout 2014, Butler wrote.
Nick Rappley can be reached at 209-568-9975 or firstname.lastname@example.org.