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Testing Standards, Salary Survey, and Retirement Insurance

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Reviewed Date: May 26, 2017

Original Author: 
Stokes, Richard
Date Created: 
Feb 23, 2015


Subjects:
Personnel--Surveys
Police--Personnel
Fire--Personnel
Personnel--Compensation
Personnel--Retirement
Insurance--Health
Stormwater management

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.

Knowledgebase-Testing Standards, Salary Survey, and Retirement Insurance

Testing Standards, Salary Survey and Retirement

Testing Standards

1. Do you have a police department?

City Yes/No
Gallatin Yes
Brentwood Yes
Munford Yes
Franklin Yes
LaVergne Yes
Springfield Yes
Chattanooga Yes
Farragut No
Portland Yes
Memphis Yes
Maryville Yes
Elizabethton Yes
Lawrenceburg Yes

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

City How Often
Gallatin Twice a Year
Brentwood Twice a Year
Munford N/A
LaVergne As Needed
Springfield As Needed
Chattanooga Bi-Annually
Memphis Varies on Personnel needs and budget
Maryville Annually
Elizabethton Annually
Lawrenceburg Annually

2. Do you have a fire department?

City Yes/No
Gallatin Yes
Brentwood Yes
Munford Yes
Franklin Yes
LaVergne Yes
Springfield Yes
Chattanooga Yes
Farragut No
Portland Yes
Memphis Yes
Maryville Yes
Elizabethton Yes
Lawrenceburg Yes

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

City How Often
Gallatin Twice a Year
Brentwood Twice a Year
Munford Monthly
Franklin Annually
LaVergne As needed
Springfield As needed
Chattanooga Bi-Annually
Portland As Needed
Memphis Varies based on personnel needs and budget
Maryville As needed
Elizabethton Annually
Lawrenceburg Annually

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?

City Yes/No
Gallatin No
Brentwood No
Munford No
Franklin No
LaVergne No
Springfield No
Chattanooga Yes and No
Farragut Yes
Portland No
Memphis Yes
Maryville No
Elizabethton No
Lawrenceburg No

If yes, please indicate the minimum, mid–point and maximum salary

City Minimum Salary Mid-point Maximum Salary
Farragut 34492 43977 53463
Memphis 46966.40 59425.13 71864.00

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?

City Yes/No
Gallatin No
Brentwood No
Munford No
Franklin Yes
LaVergne Yes
Springfield Yes
Chattanooga Yes
Farragut Yes
Portland No
Memphis Yes
Maryville Yes
Elizabethton Yes
Lawrenceburg Yes

If yes, please indicate the minimum, mid–point and maximum salary

City Minimum Salary Mid-point Maximum Salary
Franklin 56036 65925 79110
LaVergne 43298 ecblank.gif 54849
Springfield 40332 ecblank.gif 55037
Chattanooga 41572 53500 65429
Farragut 41665 53122 64580
Memphis 37340.80 47611.20 57283.20
Maryville 42643 57287 77024
Elizabethton 35423.00 ecblank.gif 52895.40
Lawrenceburg 38459 ecblank.gif 50044

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?

City Yes/No
Brentwood Yes
Munford No
Franklin Yes
Springfield No
Chattanooga No
Farragut No
Portland Yes
Memphis No
Maryville Yes
Elizabethton Yes
Lawrenceburg No

If yes, what is the minimum # of years?

City Minimum # of Years
Brentwood 20 years/ Age 55
Franklin 20 Years
Portland 10 years
Memphis Any retiree, regardless of years employed, is eligible for health insurance if they meet necessary requirements.
Maryville 20 years

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

City Yes/No
Brentwood No
Munford No
Franklin No
Springfield Yes
Chattanooga No
Portland Yes
Memphis No
Maryville Yes
Elizabethton No
Lawrenceburg No

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

City Maximum # Years
Springfield Until retiree reaches 65
Portland Medicare eligible
Maryville 5 years

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

City Yes/No
Brentwood No
Munford No
Franklin Yes
Springfield Yes
Chattanooga No
Portland No
Memphis Yes
Maryville Yes
Elizabethton No
Lawrenceburg Yes

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

City % Paid
Franklin Based on age and years of service
Springfield 85%
Memphis Up To 70% for non-Medicare and up to 25% for Medicare-eligible
Maryville 50%
Lawrenceburg 30% 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?

City Navigate Medicare Eligibility
Franklin Retirees are eligible until age 65
Springfield Still using 65 for now
Portland Provided until individual Medicare eligibility
Memphis As of 2014 all Medicare Eligible are required to go on Medicare; process to verify eligibility is pending.
Maryville Medicare eligibility is still 65 unless disabled. Social security eligibility dates can vary based on birth year.
Lawrenceburg We provide regular insurance until they are Medicare eligible, at which point we provide Medicare Supplemental insurance and part of drug costs.

Comments:

City Comments
Gallatin We do not offer retiree health insurance
Chattanooga We do not offer health benefits for retirees. For the Sustainability position, our position is Director level and is not included in our pay plan.
Farragut Farragut does not offer retiree health insurance.
Portland All 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.
Memphis Regarding 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:

Name City Contact Number Number of Employees
Debbie G. Johnson City of Gallatin 615.451.5890
380
Mike Worsham City of Brentwood 615.371.0060
260
Mary Pinner City of Munford 901.837.5969
104
Ally White City of Franklin 615.791.3216
683
Cheryl Lewis Smith City of LaVergne 615.287.8622
200
Gina Holt City of Springfield 615.382.2200
250
Kendal Helms City of Chattanooga 423.643.7213
2770
Janet Curry Town of Farragut 865.966.7057
50
John Grubbs City of Portland 615.325.6776
132
Eric Sabatini City of Memphis 901.576-6411
6500
Teresa Best City of Maryville 865.273.3428
304
Angie Lyons City of Elizabethton 423.547.6248
265
Doug Edwards City of Lawrenceburg 931.762.4459
128


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