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Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a second employee classification and compensation study in three years at its meeting Thursday, Sept. 9.

“How often do we have to do this?” Alderman Bob Markli asked.

Human Resources manager Janet Curry said the normal time interval between studies is five to 10 years, but Farragut was in a unique position right now, employee-wise, and that necessitated another study.

The classification and compensation study will evaluate staffing levels, job descriptions, salary ranges and performance evaluation systems.

Since the 2007 salary study, Curry said, Farragut has lost 14 employees and had a net gain of six employees. Eight employees have “capped out” on their salary ranges.

“We’ve had so much change since 2007. I think that’s what is really pushing us to do this now because what we are currently operating under is really not reflective of what people’s jobs really are,” Curry said.

“We want something in writing that is truly representative of what employees’ job duties are,” she added.

Alderman John Williams, who was a member of the Board when the first salary survey was done, said, “the first study fell short.”

Because the Town operates differently from many other municipalities, and because job descriptions weren’t totally accurate in describing what employees actually do, salary ranges weren’t easy to come up with.

“Finally, we just had to ... go ahead and approve a salary structure that seemed reasonable at the time,” Williams said.

Markli said that was precisely his fear.

“I know we had several employees that were topped out on their salaries, and every year we’re approving ... raises, and I don’t know what it’s based on or why people are automatically getting raises in an economic climate like we have right now.

“A lot of people are without jobs, and yet government is expanding.

“We’ve added how many jobs in the past two years? We’re expanding, and I can’t see where the services we’re providing is expanding. In fact, some of them are significantly diminished,” he added.

Markli said he wanted to ensure the new study would evaluate staffing levels.

Town Administrator David Smoak pointed out evaluating staffing levels was part of his job, and Curry advised Markli staffing levels would be included in the study.

Williams moved to accept the contract for the classification and compensation study; Alderman Jeff Elliott seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.

The contract was awarded to Springsted, Inc. for a bid of $18,500. The study should be completed in 90 days.

The Board also approved a resolution authorizing and appropriating funds for an actuarial study of the cost of participating in Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System. The study will cost $604.


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