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City awaiting compensation study

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 7/24/2013

Ottawa city commissioners are several weeks away from learning how the city’s compensation packages stack up against other municipalities and private-sector employers in the region.

City employees have completed job analysis questionnaires, which have been forwarded to St. Louis-based CBIZ Human Capital Services, Melissa Fairbanks, the city’s human resources director, told city commissioners Monday. The city contracted with CBIZ in late March to conduct a comprehensive compensation study for $30,250.

Ottawa city commissioners are several weeks away from learning how the city’s compensation packages stack up against other municipalities and private-sector employers in the region.

City employees have completed job analysis questionnaires, which have been forwarded to St. Louis-based CBIZ Human Capital Services, Melissa Fairbanks, the city’s human resources director, told city commissioners Monday. The city contracted with CBIZ in late March to conduct a comprehensive compensation study for $30,250.

The study will take a look at workers’ salaries and benefits to see if they are competitive in the current marketplace, Fairbanks said previously. The city had not conducted a comprehensive compensation study in a decade, she said.

CBIZ should have some “raw data” ready for the city manager and the human resources director to review in four to five weeks, Fairbanks said Monday.

“We are probably a couple of months out before we’ll be ready to make a presentation to the city commission,” Fairbanks said.

Franklin County recently underwent a similar comprehensive compensation study of county employees. The study also included officials elected to county offices.

The city’s study varies slightly in that it does not include a review of compensation for elected city officials or the city manager, Fairbanks and Richard Nienstedt, city manager, told commissioners Monday.

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