So my statements aren’t misconstrued first I want to say I support our chief of police fully and think he has done a remarkable job in the ~9 months of his employment. Kudos to him and his officers.
Brad and Tonya stated this raise would bring his salary in line with other departments. I question which departments? Same size? Local? Everything should be relative. If council approves this raise he will make more than the Auburn chief of police. There is a marked difference between Auburn and Garrett’s police forces.
If Brad and Tonya want to bring employee’s pay in line with other communities why are they only looking at a single position? Are our department heads paid the same as other cities and towns? Are our street, water and electric employees paid the same as other comparable cities and towns?
I think that an employee of 9 months receiving approximately a 20% pay raise while other city employees receive nothing is short sighted and unfair at a minimum. I am very curious as to why the mayor had “individual” meetings with council members? Is there something the public shouldn’t know?
Why in such a short time of employment is there such a hard push for salary increase. This same issue came up several months ago.