CONCORD -- City Council is considering making 55 employees eligible for performance-based pay raises, one of several employee compensation items before the City Council on Tuesday.
The incentive program would be a step in restoring voluntarily pay cuts management and confidential employees have taken over the past three years. Those actions included freezing employees from moving up the pay scale based on performance reviews.
In a combination of cuts to pay and restructuring health and retirement plans, executive managers have given up about 20 percent in compensation, managers 17.8 percent and confidential employees 14 percent, according to a report by Interim City Manager Valerie Barone.
On Tuesday, the council is set to decide whether it wants to offer those employees an annual pay increase of up to 5 percent based on their performance. The annual raises would cease when the employee reaches the top of the salary range.
The adjustments do not apply to the city manager and city attorney, because those positions are appointed by the city council. They also do not apply to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 856 and the Office and Professional Employees International Union, Lcaol 29, which are currently negotiating contracts with the city.
The council is also scheduled to vote to continue suspension of future incentive compensation awards to the city's managers, and whether to suspend the city's contribution
Under the adjustments, police Chief Guy Swanger would no longer be required to take part in the city's annual 13 unpaid furlough days. That would result in a 5 percent raise for the chief.
Swanger is being removed from the furlough program so he can effectively supervisor his police department, which does not take a day off, according to Barone's report.
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The Concord City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 1950 Parkside Drive, Concord.