Twinsburg council reinstates pay increases for 10 employees
TWINSBURG – After waiving 2.5% wage increases for the first six months of 2021, 10 non-union department heads in the city will see those increases reinstated for the last six months of the year.
The July 13 city council approved an order to reinstate cost-of-living wage increases for the 10 non-bargaining employees who voluntarily froze their wages at 2020 levels.
However, the mayor’s salary is not part of the reinstatement, as he has voluntarily agreed to continue to forgo his salary increase for the remainder of the year.
All 10 employees have agreed to forgo their increases given the uncertainty of a potential drop in income from the coronavirus pandemic until greater financial clarity can be determined.
“The administration appreciates the commitment and generosity of the department heads who froze their salaries at 2020 rates, but after giving up a six-month hike, the city is now convinced that it is appropriate to start the adjustment of the cost of living for them for the remainder of 2021, ”the order reads.
The cost of living increases will begin with the first full pay period in July and will not be retroactive. Chief Financial Officer Sarah Buccigross said freezing wages for the first six months of the year saved $ 16,160.
Mayor Ted Yates will continue to receive an annual salary of $ 117,124 until the end of the year. Buccigross said the updated salaries for the 10 employees whose increases have been reinstated are as follows:
Legal Director David Maistros, $ 156,937; Police Chief Chris Noga, $ 112,941; Fire Chief Tim Morgan, $ 109,994; Director of Planning and Development Larry Finch, $ 108,771; engineer Amy Mohr, $ 108,310; and Buccigross, $ 101,250.
Also director of public works Chris Campbell, $ 99,505; Chief Building Officer Keith Foulkes, $ 95,998; golf course manager Bryan Mineard, $ 89,084; and golf maintenance manager James Roberts, $ 88,997.
To another extent, the Council approved changes to the Annual Wages Ordinance, which establishes salaries and job descriptions for certain employees and updates their classifications.
According to human resources director Michael Brown, the wages ordinance was updated in January, but further adjustments had to be made in response to hiring, minimum wage increases and additional positions.
An emergency clause was attached to the legislation as Brown said that “this would be an emerging situation that would take effect immediately to bring the wage structure into line with the current workforce in light of the increase in the minimum wage and requests for additional staff “.
The updated salary increases apply to positions such as part-time dispatcher, network administrator, fire officer cadet, wastewater treatment superintendent, assistant director of engineering, part-time parks and recreation staff and part-time and seasonal workers in all departments.
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