Shorewood village employees could be getting pay bump

Revised middle salary ranges increase 9 to 17 percent

Dec. 17, 2013

Shorewood — After conducting a salary comparability study of area municipalities, Shorewood will implement an updated salary schedule beginning Jan. 1.

At the recommendation of the Finance Committee, the Village Board on Monday approved revisions to the salary range assignments specified in the salary schedule, setting the minimum, mid and maximum salaries for all nonrepresented village positions. Trustee Michael Maher said the committee had been working on updating the schedule for a number of months, making recommendations based on its research of similar positions at similar, nearby municipalities.

The updated schedule most commonly reflects increases of about 9 to 17 percent to the middle of each salary range. The salaries for several positions, such as public safety clerk, utility operator and general laborer, remain unchanged. Alternately, the salary for an administrative assistant III decreases slightly, while the middle salary for a code enforcement officer represents the biggest percent increase, at nearly 25 percent.

Per the village's salary determination policy, the ranges will be re-evaluated at least biannually by the village manager, with any recommended changes to be approved by the Village Board. Employees' movement through the ranges is based primarily on merit and performance, but cost of living increases will also be considered in determining salary increases and setting salary ranges.

The salary schedule is one appendix of the village's Human Resources manual. In a separate but related motion, the Village Board also approved changes to several other appendices of the manual, including its social media policy, security policy and organizational chart, as well as other policies.

The board also separately approved the 2014 wage and fringe benefits for both general and management employees of the village, as well as lieutenants and sergeants. Both ordinances implement a 2 percent wage increase effective Jan. 1, aside from a few exceptions. The ordinances do not apply to union-represented employees.

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