ELOY — In budget discussions earlier this year, the Eloy City Council suggested that an employee compensation study should be conducted.
According to City Manager Harvey Krauss, the last employee compensation study was done in 2008 and evaluated the primary duties and responsibilities of each job classification within the city, reviewed salary market data and recommended the classification and salary ranges for each position within the city’s compensation schedule.
“We’re in an employee market right now,” Krauss told the council. “We have lost employees and we’ve had some turnover in the last year or so and there have been employees who have left for higher wages elsewhere. There’s a lot of competition for qualified individuals right now, so I think it would be wise for us to initiate an update of our compensation schedule.”
Krauss added that this study will not include an overall review of all the job classifications as there was in the 2008 study.
The city received proposals from three companies to conduct the study and decided to go with Public Sector Personnel Consultants for $13,000 or less.
“They were the ones that worked on the study over 10 years ago and they also have done work in Florence, Coolidge and also updated the city of Casa Grande’s compensation schedule,” Krauss said. “They’re very familiar with this area and the wages in the area, they already have the database so it should be pretty easy for them to give us the analysis.”
Krauss advised the council that once the study is complete, the city is not obligated to accept any recommendations.
The city currently has close to 10 vacancies among all of its departments.