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City, police union agree on compensation plan

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The City of Roswell and the Roswell Police Officers Association last week signed a memorandum of understanding establishing a new classification and compensation plan for members of the police officers union, city officials announced Tuesday.

The classification and compensation plan is designed to attract and retain quality, experienced employees who care about providing extraordinary service to those who live in or are visiting Roswell, according to a City of Roswell press release. The plan recognizes an employee’s commitment to the city and provides a process allowing an employee to grow in his or her job.

Mayor Dennis Kintigh and the City Council developed a vision for a citywide plan that allows regular growth in compensation for employees, including establishing methods to adjust the scale to inflation, according to the press release

The plan also sets up additional compensation for employees who expand their experience and education. In the case of the RPOA members, it establishes a promotion process that will reflect an officer’s successful efforts to further his or her skills.

“The city employees are the lifeblood of our success in providing services,” said City Manager Joe Neeb. “We have the expectation that our employees operate at a high level and are service-minded. I am proud of our employees and their commitment to striving for excellence and thank our membership organizations for working with the city.”

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The overall plan places police officers and other city employees, including non-union employees, in “grades” based on their job responsibilities and in “steps” based on their experience and education. Employees move within the plan’s structure as their responsibilities, experience and education are advanced.

“After weeks of tirelessly working together, the city and the Roswell Police Officers Association were able to come to an agreement on a new pay plan that benefits both the police officers and the city,” said RPOA President Donald O’Connor. “I would like to thank City Manager Joe Neeb and his staff for all their hard work in putting this plan together. I would also like to thank the city council for all they have done to ensure that this new pay plan was funded and will continue to be funded in the future.”

The agreement between the city and the RPOA comes after recent successful negotiations that established the classification and compensation plan for the city’s utility workers.

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