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Title:Testing Standards, Salary Survey, and Retirement Insurance
Summary:Thirteen cities were asked how often they offer testing for police and fire personnel; salary ranges for a sustainability coordinator and a stormwater coordinator; eligibility for and benefits of retiree health insurance.
Original Author:Stokes, Richard
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Product Create Date:02/23/2015
Last Reviewed on::05/26/2017
Subject:Personnel--Surveys; Police--Personnel; Fire--Personnel; Personnel--Compensation; Personnel--Retirement; Insurance--Health; Stormwater management
Type:Survey
Original Document: Survey Results - Testing Standards  Salary Survey and Retirement Insurance.pdfSurvey Results - Testing Standards Salary Survey and Retirement Insurance.pdf

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Text of Document: Testing Standards, Salary Survey and Retirement

Testing Standards

1. Do you have a police department?

CityYes/No
GallatinYes
BrentwoodYes
MunfordYes
FranklinYes
LaVergneYes
SpringfieldYes
ChattanoogaYes
FarragutNo
PortlandYes
MemphisYes
MaryvilleYes
ElizabethtonYes
LawrenceburgYes

If yes, how often do you offer police department testing?

CityHow Often
GallatinTwice a Year
BrentwoodTwice a Year
MunfordN/A
LaVergneAs Needed
SpringfieldAs Needed
ChattanoogaBi-Annually
MemphisVaries on Personnel needs and budget
MaryvilleAnnually
ElizabethtonAnnually
LawrenceburgAnnually

2. Do you have a fire department?

CityYes/No
GallatinYes
BrentwoodYes
MunfordYes
FranklinYes
LaVergneYes
SpringfieldYes
ChattanoogaYes
FarragutNo
PortlandYes
MemphisYes
MaryvilleYes
ElizabethtonYes
LawrenceburgYes

If yes, how often do you offer fire department testing?

CityHow Often
GallatinTwice a Year
BrentwoodTwice a Year
MunfordMonthly
FranklinAnnually
LaVergneAs needed
SpringfieldAs needed
ChattanoogaBi-Annually
PortlandAs Needed
MemphisVaries based on personnel needs and budget
MaryvilleAs needed
ElizabethtonAnnually
LawrenceburgAnnually

Salary Survey

Sustainability Coordinator - Performs difficult technical work to identify, analyze, program, and coordinate the recycling and sustainability efforts within the Town. Additionally, this position facilitates the advancement of recycling and sustainability efforts in conjunction with all inter-governmental agencies. Work is performed under the supervision of the Assistant Town Administrator. BS degree required.

3. Does your organization employ a Sustainability Coordinator or a similar position?

CityYes/No
GallatinNo
BrentwoodNo
MunfordNo
FranklinNo
LaVergneNo
SpringfieldNo
ChattanoogaYes and No
FarragutYes
PortlandNo
MemphisYes
MaryvilleNo
ElizabethtonNo
LawrenceburgNo

If yes, please indicate the minimum, mid–point and maximum salary
CityMinimum SalaryMid-pointMaximum Salary
Farragut344924397753463
Memphis46966.4059425.1371864.00

Storm water Coordinator - Performs difficult advanced technical work managing the development and administration of the Town's storm water program, conducting plans reviews, preparing and maintaining files and records, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the limited supervision of the Engineer. BS degree required.

4. Does your organization employ a Storm water Coordinator or a similar position?

CityYes/No
GallatinNo
BrentwoodNo
MunfordNo
FranklinYes
LaVergneYes
SpringfieldYes
ChattanoogaYes
FarragutYes
PortlandNo
MemphisYes
MaryvilleYes
ElizabethtonYes
LawrenceburgYes

If yes, please indicate the minimum, mid–point and maximum salary
CityMinimum SalaryMid-pointMaximum Salary
Franklin560366592579110
LaVergne4329854849
Springfield4033255037
Chattanooga415725350065429
Farragut416655312264580
Memphis37340.8047611.2057283.20
Maryville426435728777024
Elizabethton35423.0052895.40
Lawrenceburg3845950044

Retirement

5. Is there a minimum # of years an employee is required to work for the City in order to be eligible for retiree health insurance?

CityYes/No
BrentwoodYes
MunfordNo
FranklinYes
SpringfieldNo
ChattanoogaNo
FarragutNo
PortlandYes
MemphisNo
MaryvilleYes
ElizabethtonYes
LawrenceburgNo

If yes, what is the minimum # of years?

CityMinimum # of Years
Brentwood20 years/ Age 55
Franklin20 Years
Portland10 years
MemphisAny retiree, regardless of years employed, is eligible for health insurance if they meet necessary requirements.
Maryville20 years

6. Is there a maximum # of years the city will pay for the retiree’s health insurance?

CityYes/No
BrentwoodNo
MunfordNo
FranklinNo
SpringfieldYes
ChattanoogaNo
PortlandYes
MemphisNo
MaryvilleYes
ElizabethtonNo
LawrenceburgNo

If yes, what is the maximum number of years the city will pay the retiree health insurance?

CityMaximum # Years
SpringfieldUntil retiree reaches 65
PortlandMedicare eligible
Maryville5 years

7. Are retirees charged any % of the monthly premium?

CityYes/No
BrentwoodNo
MunfordNo
FranklinYes
SpringfieldYes
ChattanoogaNo
PortlandNo
MemphisYes
MaryvilleYes
ElizabethtonNo
LawrenceburgYes

If yes, what is the percentage (%) paid?

City% Paid
FranklinBased on age and years of service
Springfield85%
MemphisUp To 70% for non-Medicare and up to 25% for Medicare-eligible
Maryville50%
Lawrenceburg30% for dependents on regular insurance and $100 per month for those who are Medicare eligible

8. If you provide health insurance, how do you navigate the Medicare eligibility date which is no longer 65 years for everyone?

CityNavigate Medicare Eligibility
FranklinRetirees are eligible until age 65
SpringfieldStill using 65 for now
PortlandProvided until individual Medicare eligibility
MemphisAs of 2014 all Medicare Eligible are required to go on Medicare; process to verify eligibility is pending.
MaryvilleMedicare eligibility is still 65 unless disabled. Social security eligibility dates can vary based on birth year.
LawrenceburgWe provide regular insurance until they are Medicare eligible, at which point we provide Medicare Supplemental insurance and part of drug costs.

Comments:

CityComments
GallatinWe do not offer retiree health insurance
ChattanoogaWe do not offer health benefits for retirees. For the Sustainability position, our position is Director level and is not included in our pay plan.
FarragutFarragut does not offer retiree health insurance.
PortlandAll eligible employees and their covered dependents who retire from the City before age 65 will be allowed to continue health coverage until becoming eligible for Medicare. Retired employees must meet one of the following criteria to qualify for continuation of medical insurance coverage after retirement:
Age 55 with at least 20 years of service with the agency and be covered under the Plan for at least one full year immediately prior to retirement, or
Age 55 with at least 10 years of service with the City and be covered under the Plan for at least three full years immediately prior to retirement, or
30 years of service under age 65.
The employee does not have to be drawing a monthly retirement check in order to maintain their coverage. However, should the City withdraw from the Plan, the retiree would no longer be eligible to continue coverage.
City pays employee portion of premium only.
MemphisRegarding Question 2 above, ideally testing would take place for each rank every two years but has been longer (3-4 years or more). Regarding question 3, our position is a Recycling Manager.

Contact Information:
NameCityContact NumberNumber of Employees
Debbie G. JohnsonCity of Gallatin615.451.5890
380
Mike WorshamCity of Brentwood615.371.0060
260
Mary PinnerCity of Munford901.837.5969
104
Ally WhiteCity of Franklin615.791.3216
683
Cheryl Lewis SmithCity of LaVergne615.287.8622
200
Gina HoltCity of Springfield615.382.2200
250
Kendal HelmsCity of Chattanooga423.643.7213
2770
Janet CurryTown of Farragut865.966.7057
50
John GrubbsCity of Portland615.325.6776
132
Eric SabatiniCity of Memphis901.576-6411
6500
Teresa BestCity of Maryville865.273.3428
304
Angie LyonsCity of Elizabethton423.547.6248
265
Doug EdwardsCity of Lawrenceburg931.762.4459
128