Bryan Ayer

Bryan Ayer 3 years, 5 months ago on Our View: City employees have earned a return to normalcy

I am a city employee. I work for the Parks and Rec as a Crew Leader. We have 3 districts and 3 crew leaders that cover an area from Whistler park all the way out to the Heritage Park Soccer fields. We take pride in taking care of all the athletic fields, parks and landscapes and facility grounds across this great town of ours. Much of what we do contributes to the enjoyment of the outdoors for citizens and guests alike. We take a professional attitude in making sure fields are safe and in good shape for play so that the city can host Triple Crown, Soccer, Rugby and Lacrosse tournaments, all of which supply much of our sales tax base in the summertime.
This is just my story, there are others in the city in the same situation. I grew up in Steamboat and worked in the private sector for most of it. Even owned my own business. In most of those jobs I felt like I was paid what the job reflected. Currently I have been with the city over 10 years. I work two to three jobs to make ends meat and have picked up more shifts since the furloughs.
I am currently only 38 cents above the bottom of my range and am only paid for 36 hours. I am a Certified Parks and Recreational Professional, a Certified Playground Inspector and Certified in Cpr. I do get benefits in many forms and am grateful for those, but then again that is part of the reason that people try to get a job with a government agency. It's a large part of recruiting. But my wage and the range is currently not competitive. The pay does not match the job, which is something I never felt in the private sector.
All the discussion with the current pay raises should not be about "raises" but comparable pay for comparable work. Within the proposition of this current one time pay plan, not all city employees are getting huge raises. Due to different departmental management styles, some people are already at the top of their range while others are at the bottom. This proposed pay plan really only solves the compression issue and keeps jobs competitive. The work that the city management has put in is really to keep the jobs competitive so as to find and retain the best workers possible. Currently we have been losing exceptional people not only because the pay is not competitive but also that working for the city is currently a stagnant job without much hope for financial or personal growth.
Even though I should probably not present my ideas and opinions to a public forum, I feel that much of the discussion has been missing the human element that is felt by your neighbors and friends that work for the city of Steamboat. I enjoy working for my real bosses, the taxpayers, and hope that you find that we are doing good work. Constituent support of this pay plan would be much appreciated as we will continue to work hard for your money. Thanks