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CEDAR FALLS — Pay grades for nonbargaining city employees are being increased by 5 percent across the board as the recommendations of a pay plan study approved by the City Council last week.

The action does not automatically increase pay for those positions, city officials stressed. It only increases range of pay for which employees may be eligible.

Pay grades were adjusted to keep them competitive with similar positions in the job market, said Ron Gaines, city administrator, and Jennifer Rodenbeck, director of finance and business services.

At a work session last month, “the council discussed adding 5 percent to the plan to ensure they are competitive with the market and are able to recruit and retain high quality employees,” Rodenbeck wrote in memo to Mayor Jim Brown and council members.

It was the first such study in more than 20 years. The council hired Carlson Dettman Consulting of Madison, Wis., to conduct the review.

As a result, the city consolidated more than 100 different pay ranges for various jobs down to 20. The action did not include positions within any collective bargaining units, which are governed by labor contracts.

The changes will be effective July 1, the beginning of the 2018-19 fiscal year. As of that date, the city will have 205 full-time positions budgeted, 97 bargaining unit positions.

The city also has a number of part-time and seasonal positions. Adding those jobs the city would have the equivalent of 310 full-time positions, 136 of which would be in a bargaining unit.


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