Calling it a chance to be a more attractive employer now and for years to come, the City of Fayetteville approved a new pay structure at Thursday night’s city council meeting.

The city contracted with Evergreen Solutions for a Pay and Classification Study looking at job classifications, pay scale, and staffing levels to determine where Fayetteville ranks among similar municipalities, and the results of the study pegged them at a level below peers.

The starting and minimum salaries for each job classification will be increased, and Public Safety will see the largest increases. Raises will be based on tenure of employment, with 114 employees receiving an average raise of 5.1 percent. A total increase of $245,000 in salaries along with pension contributions, city-paid taxes, and city-paid benefits bring the total cost of implementation of the study to roughly $320,000.

With the pay study already in progress during the budgeting process, the presumed amount of salary increases was already included in the 2019 budget.

In her presentation to council, Human Resources Manager Nella Cooper said that the new pay scale should be sufficient for the next five to seven years before another study would be needed.

The study also determined that Public Works was understaffed and the Finance Department was overstaffed. Part-time temporary positions were added to Public Works, and the Finance Department saw three part-time positions eliminated with the employees retiring, and another recently vacated position was frozen.