SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell
At a special meeting June 17, Mayor Dave Kitchell, Police Chief Rob Smith and members of the Cass County E-911 Board voted to reduce the number of dispatching positions in order to raise salaries in 2020.
The move, pending an August meeting of the board prior to budget approval, would reduce the number of active positions from 16 to 14. The move does not cost any current employee a position and will be part of a realignment that will increase starting salaries to more than $30,000 for dispatchers.
“As is the case with many industries and public safety, wages are going up and we have to keep up with the market for people who can perform these jobs,” the mayor said. “We are currently not at full staff and this is a way we can increase salaries without busting our budgets in order to maintain some fiscal sanity.”
Salary comparisons indicate Cass is well below comparable counties in salaries, but has as many or more funded dispatching positions