Glendora sets a standard for department head’s raises, should you go all Bell on them?

In tomorrow’s paper there will be a story about a new salary schedule for department heads in Glendora.

The issue has become something of a controversy, in part because the city is in the midst of heated negotiations with its employee’s association (which is none to happy with this plan) and also because of Bell.

Anything with the words “city” “employee” “salaries” is going to be heavily scrutinized right now, which makes it harder to decipher if an idea is good or not. People are going to hear the word “raise” concerning a city employee and automatically jump out of their seat. Talk about themselves getting a raise at their 9-5, and it would be a different story.

I am not saying Glendora’s plan is either good or bad, innovative or not. But in times like these, sometimes the assessment of issues is better under objective eyes than reactionary emotions.

As for the plan, you can decide for yourself when you read about it in tomorrow’s newspaper. Here is a glimpse.

GLENDORA — The City Council unanimously approved a pay raise schedule for department heads to increase transparency and incentives for those positions.

The plan sets up a method and schedule for raises for eight city department heads: community services director, deputy city manager, finance director, library director, planning director, police chief, public works director and city clerk.

Previously, raises for department heads were at the discretion of the city manager and could be done without the public’s knowledge, City Manager Chris Jeffers said.

“I have felt uneasy with that much potential leeway,” Jeffers said. “I am trying to bring some transparency … and this was all started before Bell.”

City employee salaries have been under scrutiny in the wake of the pay scandal in Bell, where it was found that the city manager was making close to $800,000, and others were receiving salaries far above the average for their positions.

But opponents of Glendora’s new salary schedule believe the plan is a way for the city to ensure higher salaries for department heads while the city has laid off employees.

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  • Lynn Harris

    Jeffers is talking out of both sides of his mouth. Crying poverty and laying off line employees with one side and increasing the salary cap for department heads with the other. According to the City’s salary schedule, department heads have a 5-step salary increase schedule just like every other city employee except for maybe one or two executives. Who cares if they don’t get the typical pay increase schedule. These are among the highest paid city employees with benefits that go far above the typical employee already. If I’m not mistaken, every department head can be given a raise through the evaluation process which Jeffers has the authority to grant as their supervisor. There’s as much transparency there as there is with any other employee who gets a raise. The statement about lack of transparency is a sham. The guy is a spin doctor. I hope my fellow taxpayers can see through this fish story. We need services and the people who provide them, not high paid executives.