City Morale Impacted by Pay Issue, Records Say

Records say there are difficulties in recruitment and retention of city employees. <span style="color: #ff0000;">UPDATED</span> 11/19/13 1:15 PM
By James Clark

LUBBOCK, TX – The City of Lubbock will conduct a compensation and classification study of its employees. The last such study was done in 2005. The City Council will choose a company to conduct the study during Thursday’s Council meeting.

Information provided to the City Council says employees hired in 2007 are making the same as those hired in 2013 “in spite of the six years additional experience.”

“This has resulted in difficulties in recruitment and retention of employees, as well as an overall issue with employee morale,” public records say.

“It’s always good to study it," said City Councilman Jim Gerlt. “People say they’re not being paid enough.  Well, how do we know that?”

Gerlt echoed a concern raised by City Manager James Loomis in early November. 

“We’re in competition with other cities, but we’re also in competition with the oil patch,” Gerlt said.  “So, I think it’s good to have that information.”

City staff collected proposals from five companies. The recommendation is that Management Advisory Group International, Inc. of Woodbridge, Virginia conduct the study for $84,475. The city budget sets aside up to $125,000 for the study.

Public records also say market prices should be used to set the salaries “for executive, department head, information technology, and electric utility positions.” In other words, city salaries should be competitive with business salaries. A salary survey is part of the study.

Public records say, “The City has slightly more than 2,000 authorized full-time positions.”

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