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LP moves toward job classification and compensation changes
Feb. 2, 2016

Ivan Raconteur

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie City Council has been working with consultants over the past few months to review job classifications and compensation for city employees.

In November, the council approved a consulting services agreement with Wright County Human Resources Director Sunny Hesse to review job descriptions at a rate of $60 per hour plus mileage, for and estimated total cost of $510.

During its Jan. 12 meeting, the council approved the revised job descriptions after making some minor changes.

The city then forwarded the job descriptions to a consultant who reviewed them and assigned points to each position based on the qualification and duties required for that position. For example, the total points assigned to the position of assistant city clerk was 203, compared to 448 for the position of police chief.

The consultant then used the total points for each position to determine which grade it belonged in. The grades range from 2 to 16.

The consultant prepared a compensation study to evaluate how Lester Prairie’s pay structure compares to other area cities of a similar size.

The council conducted a special workshop meeting Jan. 28 to review the results of the compensation study.

During that meeting, the consultant recommended changes to a couple of the job descriptions based on his experience in the industry.

For example, he noted that the requirements in Lester Prairie’s job description for the chief of police would be what could be expected for a much larger city, such as Edina, Eden Prairie, or Minneapolis. He recommended the city revise that job description to match what would typically be required for a city of Lester Prairie’s size.

Overall, Lester Prairie is on the lower end of the pay range for comparable cities. The consultant noted there is some room for adjustment for the city to catch up to the market, but the council also needs to consider what the city can afford.

The council will consider approval of a revised compensation structure for city employees during its Tuesday, Feb. 9 meeting.

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