One of the principles of public employment is that
similar jobs with similar duties and responsibilities are
grouped together in what is called a class, and each of
these classes has a salary range from 1 to 11 steps. Classes
generally have 5-7 step salary ranges including a minimum or
entry, intermediate, and a maximum rate of pay. Most
full-time employees start at the first step, minimum or
entry rate of pay, receive the second step after 6 months
(13 pay periods) of employment, and the remaining steps at
yearly (26 pay periods) intervals until the maximum salary
rate is reached. Salary increases for part-time employees
are based on the number of hours worked at each step (1,040
hours for second step and 2,080 hours for remaining steps).
All of these salary increases are based on merit and a
satisfactory performance rating by the employee's
supervisor. They are not automatic.
All salary ranges are approved by City Council and are based
on negotiations with bargaining units representing City
employees, salary surveys, and recommendation by the Human
Resources Director in conjunction with the City Manager.
You are paid every two weeks, or 26 times a year, on
Friday. If a payday falls on a holiday, you will be paid on
the preceding work day. The pay you receive will be for a
two week period ending on the Thursday a week before you are
Direct Deposit is required for all new employees. For
information, contact the Finance Division (Payroll).
There are two kinds of salary deductions: mandatory
(those required by law) and voluntary (those authorized by
you). Following are items which may appear on your paycheck
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Federal and State Tax Withholding will vary according to
your earnings and the number of exemptions claimed on your
W-4 Form. During January of each year, you will receive a
W-2 Form indicating total pay during the previous year and
the taxes withheld. This form is to be used when you file
Federal and State income tax returns and must be received by
all employees on or before January 31.
Optional deductions such as deferred compensation, employee
association dues, United Way, Credit Union savings and loan
accounts, or optional insurances may be deducted at a
full-time benefited, ¾ benefited, and ½ benefited employee’s
discretion. Non-benefited employees may voluntarily have
deductions made to Credit Union savings and loan accounts,
or United Way.
Occasionally, you may be asked to work overtime when the
public interest requires it or because of an emergency.
Generally, employees receive one and one-half (1-1/2) times
their normal hourly rate or, in some cases, compensatory
time instead of payment for hours worked beyond their
regular working hours. Temporary and part-time employees are
paid at their normal hourly rate, and overtime is received
only after 40 hours worked in a work week.
Management Level II employees are exempt from the Fair Labor
Standards Act (FLSA) and do not receive overtime
compensation and are eligible to receive administrative
leave. Other overtime provisions, by bargaining unit, are
addressed in your Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). You can
receive further information on these from your bargaining
unit representative or the Human Resources Department.
In some departments, employees may be required to be on
standby duty which requires them to be available to receive
and respond to calls for emergency service. Any time an
employee on standby responds to a call for emergency
service, overtime is paid for time worked. The specifics of
this policy vary by bargaining unit and are addressed in
Minimum Call Back
Employees on standby who are called back to respond for
an emergency service, shall receive a defined, minimum
number of hours compensation. The specifics of this policy
vary by bargaining unit and are addressed in the Memorandum
of Understanding for each bargaining unit.
Court Time (Public Safety Employees)
Police and Fire Unit safety members, when required to be
in a court of law outside their normal working hours,
receive court pay in accordance with their MOU.
Individual employees may, when assigned to certain
designated positions, receive additional pay (either a
dollar amount or percentage) above their base salaries
because of special abilities, training and/or work
assignments having added responsibility or hazards. Examples
of these are: bilingual ability (includes sign language),
Police Unit member assigned to motorcycle duty, or
possession of POST Intermediate or Advance Certificates.
Your supervisor will provide information (including the
specific pay involved) on such special pay assignments that
may affect you. The specific pay provisions vary by
bargaining unit, and are outlined in the Memorandum of
Understanding for each bargaining unit.
Subject to approval by the City Manager, a department
head may designate certain positions as requiring the
regular use of a second language, including sign language,
in contacts with the public.
Certification as to proficiency in a second language shall
be required of all employees assigned to a position
requiring these skills as so designated by the City Manager.
A special salary premium, identified in the Salary
Resolution, shall be provided a certified employee occupying
a position approved by the City Manager as requiring the
regular use of second language skills for public contact.
In situations where positions have been designated as
requiring a second language, and are either filled by
employees without these skills or vacant, another employee,
certified as proficient, may temporarily serve as an
interpreter and be eligible to receive the salary premium.
In those departments with either 2 or 3 shift (16 or 24
hour) operations, employees working regularly scheduled
swing or graveyard shifts will receive additional pay for
working these shifts. If you are in a class assigned to
shift work, your supervisor will inform you of the shift
differential you are to receive, which varies according to
your bargaining unit.
If required to use your personal automobile in the course
of your employment with the City, you will be reimbursed in
accordance with the rate established by City Policy.
You may authorize the transfer of funds to your personal
account. Every pay period the appropriate wages are
automatically deposited into your individual checking or
savings account. Direct deposit forms are available from the
Human Resources Department and the Finance Division
(Payroll). Direct Deposit is required for all new employees.
For information, contact the Finance Division (Payroll).