Action was taken to approve an increase for Pulaski County EMS workers.
In a previous meeting, EMS Director Nikki Lowry requested a wage increase for her workers to keep staff in her department. Lowry has experienced a severe turnover in staff in the last few months due to better pay by other County EMS departments. In order to be competitive with surrounding agencies, Lowry asked that the Council help in approving an increase in wages for the staff.
The policy committee reviewed the wages and proposed an additional appropriation of $102,000 to satisfy the increase for the balance of 2015. That proposal was approved by the Pulaski County Council this week with a unanimous vote for advertisement.
The next step is ironing out the PTO time. Lowry is asking for an increase of paid time off from 48 to 72 hours to correct the lost of pay under the current policy. This change will soon be taken up by the policy committee for discussion in a future meeting.