The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Top Stories

April 23, 2013

Joplin City Council gives pay raises to administrators

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin city administrators were given 4 percent raises during a special City Council meeting on Tuesday in the last steps toward implementing a new pay plan the council has been wrangling with for six years.

Council members voted to award the raises to the council’s employees in line with a pay plan adopted last year.

City Manager Mark Rohr, who currently earns $145,631, will receive a raise of $5,825. The city attorney, Brian Head, who earns $94,536, will be given a raise of $3,781. The municipal judge, Alex B. Curchin, will receive a raise of $3,601 on his salary of $90,035. The city clerk, Barbara Hogelin, earns $55,230 and is to be given an increase of $2,209. The raises will be effective May 1.

The council has held a series of closed sessions over a period of several months related to discussions about job evaluations and job descriptions.

A 33-minute closed session began at 5 p.m. Tuesday, after which the council reconvened in open session and voted on the raises. One council member, Benjamin Rosenberg, was absent.

Talks have been held periodically since 2007 on changing the pay plan with the objective of getting away from longevity as the basis for raises or awarding across-the-board increases.

Council members first looked at scrapping the city’s range-and-step pay plan for a pay-for-performance type. Pay-for-performance ultimately was rejected as too expensive and weighted toward department heads and supervisors.

The council then looked at five types of plans, narrowing them down to two. One type, a plan based on performance and competency, was approved in June. The performance-based plan had strong opposition from three council members, who ultimately voted against it and favored the city’s range-and-step plan. That type of plan bases raises largely on longevity; the performance-based plan is influenced by employee evaluations, education and achievements toward goals.

The council agreed to try the plan and re-evaluate its application and effectiveness in two years.

The council authorized an allocation in this year’s budget to pay for reclassifying the jobs and pay rates of employees under the new plan.

When the pay plan was approved in June, there were 430 city workers, and the total payroll was $17.2 million. The range-and-step plan would have cost about $523,000 more to put back into place. The plan that was adopted will cost about $330,000 to implement.

The council delayed the effective dates of the new job titles until all the job descriptions could be rewritten and assigned, which is expected to be finished by May.

Measure

SALARY SURVEYS of other cities are used to measure Joplin employees’ pay. The city has previously been considered lower paying than some other cities of similar size.

1
Text Only
Top Stories
  • r072214soroptimist3.jpg Volunteers spend week providing camp experience to foster youths

    Karen McGlamery is a massage therapist. Terri Falis-Cochran is a finance manager. Jane McCaulley is a retired art teacher. But for a week each summer, the three are among dozens of area residents who become camp counselors.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 072214 Diamond Llama 1.jpg Llama on the loose tours downtown Diamond

    A lost llama on the lam hoofed it down Main Street here today before it took refuge in a fenced yard that had only one way in and out.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Neosho school board hires company to manage substitutes

    Citing its hopes of shifting health care costs and utilizing more time from retired teachers, the Neosho Board of Education granted a contract Monday to a temporary employee company to manage its substitute teacher program.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin school board reviews audit procedures

    A team from the Missouri State Auditor’s Office has begun requesting documents in its task to audit the operations and management of the Joplin School District, the audit manager told the Board of Education on Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Cherokee County Commission accepts general counsel's resignation

    Kevin Cure, who has served as general counsel for the Cherokee County Commission since 2005, submitted a handwritten resignation to the board on Monday in the aftermath of a landfill controversy.

    July 22, 2014

  • Thunderstorms possible overnight in Joplin area

    Thunderstorms are expected to develop across northern Missouri late today and could move south into the area this evening and overnight, according to a hazardous weather outlook issued this afternoon by the National Weather Service.

    July 22, 2014

  • 071514 KC Atkins 3.jpg SLIDESHOW: Treasures of Tut Through Sept. 7, “The Discovery of King Tut” will draw tens of thousands of visitors to Kansas City’s Union Station to discover the history and mystery of the most famous Pharaoh who ever reigned over the Nile Valley.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mideast Iraq_Cast(4).jpg Iraq Christians flee with little more than clothes

    Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul rather than convert to Islam by a deadline imposed by extremist militants said they had to leave most of their belongings behind and gunmen stole much of what they did manage to take along.

    July 22, 2014 4 Photos

  • Kevin Cure resigns as counsel for county commission in wake of Galena landfill debate

    In the wake of a Cherokee County landfill controversy, Kevin Cure, who has served as general counsel for the county’s Board of Commissioners since 2005, submitted a hand-written resignation to the board on Monday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Area residents pessimistic about state of the economy

    Joplin’s employment rate is better than the statewide average, but many area residents “still feel like they’re in a recession,” an economist told a group of public officials and business leaders today.

    July 22, 2014