CRIDERSVILLE — As an area village’s leaders begin to discuss their pay package for 2013, the discussion of the police chief’s pay sparked a lengthy conversation.
Cridersville Village Council Finance Committee members discussed the first three pages of the pay package for 2013, and a question was brought up — to keep Cridersville police chief on hourly pay or switch him to salary.
“I would recommend council not move the chief to salary, this may not be a wise decision because it may be in violation of law,” Cridersville Village Solicitor Jim Hearn said, “but it may not be.”
Hearn has been looking into this matter, and looking at the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the way he understands is that Drake may be restricted from changing pay from hourly to salary because he spends a substantial amount of time on the streets doing arrest, investigations, etc., and then does some management on top of that.
With Drake spending more time patrolling the streets than doing management work, Hearn was thinking that Drake may be restricted from changing pay to salary.
“I can continue to look into it, but you may want to go to an employment lawyer,” Hearn said.
An employment lawyer, which would cost the village anywhere from $1,000-$15,000, has access to the research that Hearn does not have available to him.
Hearn said he will continue to research and keep council updated on his findings.
Finance Committee members decided after looking at three pages of the pay package, they would take time on their own and study it before continuing with the rest of the packet at a later date, which is yet to be decided.
In other discussions, the Finance Committee discussed ways that each department that works for the village should report of hours worked, including overtime hours.
Finance Committee member and Councilor Tony Zuppardo gave an example of what the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office uses to display hours, and Finance Committee member and Councilor Stacey Cook talked about having an overtime slip that could be filled out explaining each instance of overtime.
“It checks and balances,” Cook said. “This is paperwork that could be informative.”
Finance Committee Chair and Council President Eric West said that he would prefer not to sort through those sheets of paper from each department on a monthly basis, and then he showed an example of what he would like to see each month, which is a piece of paper for each employee that lists village employee’s overtime for the month.
“When we look at it, we can then ask the department head about the overtime at a meeting,” West said.
Cook agreed with the format, which can be printed on one to two sheets of paper per employee.
Village Administrator John McDonald said the employees he oversees include overtime directly on their time sheets, in a special column on the side, and liked the way his department was listing their overtime, and wanted to continue it this way, and not have the extra sheets of paper.
Zuppardo said that he thinks the way overtime is presented should be uniform for each department.
Drake has been keeping a book of overtime hours of officers, and says this book will be kept in his office and will be available for review at council meetings, and the councilors liked this idea.
Councilors decided that they will review all village departments overtime sheets and time sheets, and beginning on June 1, Drake will keep a record of overtime of his department and have it in a book that will be available for review at every council meeting from now forward.