The first reading of an ordinance to increase salary wages for the Paden City police and maintenance departments was held and carried at a special council meeting on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
The salary changes shall become effective upon the second reading and adoption at the Jan. 7 meeting, retroactive to Jan. 1.
Hourly wages for the police department will change as follows: lieutenant, from $13.26 to $15.50; sergeant, $12.13 to $14.50; patrolman (academy graduate) from $11.22 to $13.50; and patrolman, from $11.22 to $12.50.
The salary of the maintenance department shall be increased as follows: $1 an hour effective Jan. 1; 50 cents an hour effective July 1; and budget allowing, 50 cents an hour effective Jan. 1, 2014.
The council also approved motions to pay $700 for four tires purchased for a police cruiser and the purchase of a printer for the maintenance department.