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City of Farmington will pay $22,000 to study employee compensation

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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

The city of Farmington will pay a consulting firm $22,000 to conduct a wage study to make sure city employees are being adequately compensated for their work.

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On Monday, the Farmington City Council approved a consulting agreement with Fox Lawson & Associates. The firm will take a comprehensive look at all of the city's paid staff positions, evaluate the rate of pay for each employee based on his or her job description and, when necessary, make recommendations for pay adjustments.

The study was requested by council members in March, human resources director Brenda Wendlandt said. Fox Lawson & Associates was chosen because "they're experts in compensation," she said.

The first part of the study has been to collect information and develop job descriptions for every city employee with the exception of police officers. Much of initial work was completed by city staff, Wendlandt and city administrator David McKnight. Fox Lawson & Associates will take the information, update job descriptions and evaluate the rate of pay for each position.

In order to do the pay evaluation, the consultant will perform a market study, Wendlandt said.

"They look at things such as size, demographics, geographic location and so on," she said. "They've been doing this for 25 years, and they've been in the public sector as well, so they have a process to doing these types of evaluations. They're experts in this."

The city hasn't done a study of this kind in more than a decade, Wendlandt said. In that time, the city has added new employees, eliminated positions, and shifted job responsibilities from one person to another.

"It's time," Wendlandt said. "The organization has changed. Positions have changed. It's time for us to take a look at all of that."

Wendlandt hopes to receive the results by late June or early July. That way, she will be able to see whether any compensation adjustments are necessary, and those changes can be incorporated into the 2014 budget.

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