After several months of discussions, the Forest Park Village Council voted unanimously to approve a new salary schedule for village employees and officials during its Aug. 23 meeting.
The vote follows several executive session meetings and postponements to figure out the details. The ordinance applies to all positions that aren’t covered by union bargaining agreements and includes all elected officials and higher-ranking staff positions. According to Village Clerk Vanessa Moritz , the village last updated its salary schedule on June 10, 2019.
For the most part, the new salary schedule increases the range of salaries for higher-ranking employees while keeping the salaries of part-time and seasonal workers the same.
The ordinance took effect retroactively to May 1.
The village council salaries remained the same as they have been for the past few years. The commissioners will continue to be paid $10,000 a year. Mayor Rory Hoskins will continue to be paid $30,000 a year, plus the $10,000 a year he gets paid for his duties as a liquor commissioner.
The village clerk’s salary range went up, going from $50,000 – $86,500 to $50,000 – $105,000. The finance director salary range went up even more significantly, going from $65,000 – $82,500 to $65,000 – $130,000. The village administrator’s salary range shifted slightly upward, going from $85,000 – $126,000 to $85,000 – $129,000.
The village prosecutor’s salary range remained the same at $20,000 – $55,000, while the upper range of village treasurer’s salary increased by $200, going up to a $2,750 – $3,000.
The salary range for police chief increased from $80,000 – $139,000 to $80,000 – $146,000. The police lieutenants’ salary range was brought up to what was previously the deputy chief’s maximum salary at $130,000. The deputy chief’s salary ceiling was raised to $131,000, and the minimum salary remained $80,000 for both positions.
The range for fire chief went up from $80,000 – $139,000 to $80,000 – $140,000, with the same bonus as their police counterpart. Captains and deputy fire chiefs are now paid in the same range as police deputy chiefs, which represents a more significant increase of their ceiling, which went up from $125,000 to $131,000.
The salary range for the Director of Public Health & Safety saw a noticeable bump, going from $70,000 – $86,000 to $70,000 – $105,000. The Director of Public Works saw a range increase from $75,000 – $105,000 to $75,000 – $125,000.
At Mohr Community Center, the community center director was the only employee covered by the ordinance to see a change in salary range from $50,000 – $74,000 to $50,000 – $90,000. But the ordinance also adds the salary for assistant community center director, setting it at $45,000 – $65,000 range.
During the Aug. 23 meeting, Commissioner Ryan Nero said that, while the process was long, he thought that “where we landed was the best scenario for everyone.”
“This wasn’t a one and done deal,” he said. “We got together and talked about this at numerous special meetings. I think there was input from the commissioners as how we got where we got.