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Fayetteville Mayor Proposes Merit Pay for Employees

Posted April 7, 2008

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— Mayor Tony Chavonne wants city employees who rely on a cost-of-living raise each year to start proving their worth under a merit-based system he has proposed.

Each of Fayetteville's 1,500 city employees gets an annual raise between 4 percent and 5 percent to meet the rising cost of living.

Chavonne, though, said he would like to see that raise be awarded, instead, according to job performance. Raises would start at 1 percent and go up to more than 5 percent for exceptional employees.

"We're trying now to tie pay to your performance," Chavonne said. He added that a pay-per-performance statute is already on the books but has not been enforced.

Chavonne said he believes the city should operate more like a private company and base workers' salaries on annual evaluations.

"If you are evaluated high and you are doing a better job, it would literally mean something to you and mean something to your pocketbook," he said.

City Councilman Bobby Hurst Jr. said he has heard concerns about job performance in some city departments.

"You don't want to let anybody go, but you don't want to give them a 4 percent raise if they're not performing," Hurst said.

City employees, who did not want to appear on camera, told WRAL said they feared a merit-based system could exacerbate conflicts with supervisors.

Councilman Charles Evans expressed his agreement with those workers' concerns.

"It's got to be fair," Evans said. "Just say, for instance, you have a supervisor that's not too fond of that employee. Will that employee receive the raise that they should receive or not?"

If city leaders decide to implement a merit-based system, it will be included in the next city budget due July 1.

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  • Weetie Apr 8, 2008

    Sure hope HARNETT CO sees this!

  • whatusay Apr 8, 2008

    Impatientgirl...the government has never worked as efficiently as a private/civilian corporation, and never will. Too much politics in government and they do not have to be productive to survive, as a private business does. A government agency overspends and they raise taxes. A private business overspends and they close the doors.

  • housemanagercary Apr 8, 2008

    At my privately owned huge corporation, we get evaluations every year by our immediate management. Our raises are based on those evaluations. We can challenge them with higher managers all the way up the chain or go to HR. It works!

  • whatelseisnew Apr 7, 2008

    I sure would love to get a cost of living increase every year. Only in a Government entity would you hear these lame arguments about pay for performance versus, hey just hand over more money. But I guess when you are spending OPM other people's money why should you care whether that money is being earned or not.

  • moreupset Apr 7, 2008

    "If 1st line management doesn't know who is doing a good job, then you need to fire that management."
    Who Fires them?

  • richard2 Apr 7, 2008

    If 1st line management doesn't know who is doing a good job, then you need to fire that management.

  • FromClayton Apr 7, 2008

    Good luck. It is a good plan, but very hard to implement fairly. If you figure it out Fayetteville, please share it with the rest of us.

  • whatusay Apr 7, 2008

    No way to measure who excells in their job. This will turn out to be a favorite employee program and will create more problems than already exists. Set a pay scale and let them work. Those that don't want to work should be fired. How can the government possibly penalize taxpayers because someone is doing a good job? This mayor needs to be replaced with someone with a little more IQ.