Keyser City Council approves back pay for officer
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser City Council voted 5-0 Wednesday to pay Officer Jared Bruce all back wages owed to him due to a problem with the city’s pay schedule adopted several years ago.
Bruce had appeared before the council at their Aug. 26 meeting, saying the city owes him some back pay as the result of a promise that was made and not kept.
Mayor Damon Tillman said that promise was made by the former administration, but he wanted to make things right with the city employees.
The five council members further discussed the issue during a special work session held Sept. 3, and finance commissioner Mike Ryan told Tillman Wednesday that “we all came to the agreement he is owed the money and should be paid as soon as possible.”
According to Bruce, the council had approved a new pay scale as far back as 2017, but the resultant raises were never enacted.
Council member Jennifer Junkins said at the time that part of the problem was that the new pay scale was not properly recorded.
“The copy of the chart was not attached to the minutes and were not put into the computer,” she said during the Aug. 26 meeting. “Nobody’s following the pay scale … It’s come to my attention … that over half of the employees are not getting paid at the correct rate.”
“Even the 2015 scale was never put into the minutes,” Tillman added.
With no further discussion Wednesday, Ryan made a motion to pay Bruce the wages owed to him, and Jim Hannas seconded the motion.
The back wages will be paid during the next pay period.