Booneville City Councilmen were presented a 2018 proposed salary ordinance and budget during last week’s regularly scheduled meeting of the council.
Since the normal fourth Monday of the month meeting date falls on Christmas day in December, aldermen will likely have a week less time to look over the documents before being asked to act upon them because Mayor Jerry Wilkins expects the December meeting to be held on Dec. 18.
The biggest differences in the salary schedule, Wilkins said, is the creation of a sergeant position in the police department and a position name change from administrative assistant to deputy city clerk for one employee.
The sergeant position was sought because the criminal investigator and lieutenant position were combined following the departure of Steve Reid, leaving Chief Al Brown with only one ranked officer.
“I don’t know who (the sergeant) is, the chief hasn’t told me,” said Wilkins.
The council also approved $1,000 Christmas bonuses for all employees, but a pay increase is not recommended by the mayor.
“I wanted to give raises this year,” said Wilkins. “But (the budget) just don’t show enough movement up to be able to do that.”