Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

City May Consider Quality of Work ; Quality: Change Would Cost $46K

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

City May Consider Quality of Work ; Quality: Change Would Cost $46K

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Topeka's city government doesn't take quality of work into account when it decides on pay raises for its roughly 230 managers and executives, but that may be about to change.

The city's governing body plans at its 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday at 214 S.E. 8th to discuss implementing a salary range matrix for those jobs featuring a "pay for performance" arrangement.

That body then plans Sept. 13 to consider a resolution that would adopt the management and executive classification and pay plan involved.

"Employee performance should be an important consideration for management and executive employees," the measure says.

Jacque Russell, the city's human resources director, said Friday the city maintains separate pay plans for its executive and management employees.

The management pay plan -- adopted by the city council in 1997 -- uses a "grade and step" model while the executive pay plan uses a "salary range matrix," Russell said.

"This would bring the two into one," she said.

Neither the management nor executive pay plans take quality of work into account in determining pay raises, Russell said.

She said the city staff late last year sought proposals from companies interested in determining how Topeka compares with its peers in management and executive compensation and studying topics that include best practices for government entities in that area.

The city contracted with Kansas City, Mo.-based Gallagher Benefit Services Inc. to conduct the study.

Russell said the city has paid the company $38,565 to date and will compensate Gallagher to provide further services if its recommendations are adopted.

The company recently provided the city with a 10-page "Compensation Study Results" report.

The city pays its executive managers amounts that are "overall an average of 94 percent of the market midpoint," according to the document.

"So what the study really tells us is that we're paying pretty comparable compared to the market," Russell said. …

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