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Farmington will conduct wage study

The city of Farmington will spend $22,000 to find out how city employees are paid compared to their counterparts in other communities.

On Monday, the Farmington City Council approved a job evaluation study agreement with the company, Fox Lawson and Associates. FLA is used by many communities to do similar studies.

FLA will review all of the positions within the city of Farmington, and evaluate the wage scale associated with each position to make sure city employees are receiving fair wages and compensation. The project will also provide the city with a comparison of Farmington's positions and compensations against other communities.

According to Farmington city administrator David McKnight, it has been 11 years since the city last conducted a wage study. The city is moving on one now, he said, because the topic has come up during contract negotiations with the city's collective bargaining units.

The other reason for the study, McKnight said, is to review the city's merit pay program, which was established a decade ago. The merit pay program allows employees to earn more if they take on additional work responsibilities. However, due to budget constraints, that merit pay program has been frozen in recent years.

"If you're in it, you can't move up," McKnight said. "It's become an issue and an issue of concern for employees."

The study is expected to take a couple of months, but McKnight plans to make any necessary salary or compensation adjustments before the end of the year.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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