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City of Albany plans to reward its hard workers

January 24, 2006

Albany--The city of Albany plans to reward city employees who perform their jobs well. Last year city commissioners agreed to spend $295,000 dollars on merit raises for employees who go beyond the call of duty. Turns out that's not enough money, so tonight they agreed to spend an additional $118,000 dollars to reward hard workers.

From trash collectors to the police, city workers provide needed services. City manager Alfred Lott says good work should not go unrewarded.

"We are completely depended on the people that work for us to do great things," says Lott. In December, city department heads evaluated their employees.

"We calculated those performance evaluations, took people in the top seventy percentile and those are the folks that are going to get the bonus," says Lott.

Those hard workers will receive a check for about $1,100 next month. "It's my contention, in order to make it a significant performance pay, it should be at least over $1,000 dollars," says Lott.

"If we have the money available to pay for their outstanding performance we should do that," says Mary Hines.

City workers like, Mary Hines, says rewarding workers for doing their jobs well is a must. "It's important for morale and everything else to reward those persons who perform at a higher level than others," says Hines.

More than 800 people currently work for the city. The city has enough money in their budget to reward approximately 300 of them.

"Anytime you can reward your top performances on the city or any type of organizations it's great," say Phil Roberson.

Public Works Director Phil Roberson says the bonus plan ultimately will benefit everyone in the city. "If you start rewarding your top performers in the city, I think you're going to see the service and delivery in the city pick up a little," he says.

"We want to provide incentives, so you'll do that next year, and the year after," says Alfred Lott.

City leaders hope to continue the performance bonuses, but they may base the amount on the employee's evaluation score rather than giving the same bonus to all workers.

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