JPs approve raises for 911 dispatchers

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Carroll County dispatchers will soon be taking home a little more money.

The Carroll County Quorum Court voted 10-0 Monday to increase wages in the Office of Emergency 911 by $1 an hour effective with the pay period beginning Aug. 29. The vote came during the court’s regular monthly meeting at Southern Heights Baptist Church in Berryville.

District 5 Justice of the Peace Matt Phillips said the court’s budget committee had voted to recommend the raises.

“We felt like it was necessary,” Phillips said, adding that the budget committee would consider an additional increase in dispatchers’ pay in crafting next year’s budget.

The raises will bring the dispatcher supervisor’s hourly pay rate to $16.80. Three shift leads will be paid $14.20 per hour, while seven dispatchers will be paid $13.05. Two part-time dispatchers will be paid $12.70 per hour with a maximum of 39 hours per pay period. An additional part-time dispatcher will be paid $12.50 per hour, also with the 39-hour maximum,

Including salaries, Social Security, retirement and workers compensation, the raises will cost the county an additional $12,050.40 for the remainder of 2021, according to the appropriation ordinance approved by the quorum court.

All of the JPs in attendance at Monday’s meeting voted in favor of the raises. District 7 JP Kellie Matt was absent.

Also at Monday’s meeting, JPs approved:

An appropriation ordinance transferring $8,500 to the Carroll County Historical Courthouse Fund, with the money coming from the remainder of a $13,750 grant the historical courthouse received from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program;

approved a supplemental appropriation ordinance to transfer a total of $85,582 to several departments for unexpected expenditures and improvements, with $45,000 of the total going to juvenile court for expenses related to housing juveniles in Benton County;

A resolution confirming the temporary appointment of Richard Boyes to a seat on the Inspiration Point Rural Fire Protection District board in the absence of Joe Foust, with Boyes’ appointment terminating upon Foust’s return.

During the portion of the meeting set aside for JPs’ comments on non-agenda items, Phillips said he would like for all county department heads to attend the quorum court’s monthly meetings in case JPs have questions. District 4 JP Duane Coatney said he wasn’t sure county employees could be required to attend meetings outside their normal work hours, but District 2 JP Chuck Olson said the department heads are likely on salary.

County Clerk Connie Doss said that if County Judge Sam Barr approves, she will ask the department heads to consider attending more of the quorum court meetings.

The quorum court’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, at Southern Heights Baptist Church in Berryville.

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