Prior to the adoption of Ord. 21828 on 09/16/2013, Section 19-82 read as follows.

    (a)    Generally, a new permanent classified employee shall be paid the minimum rate of pay for the classification. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the director. For example, an exception may be made if the new employee exceeds the minimum qualifications or if the city has experienced difficulty in recruiting and retaining employees in the classification. Generally, the initial wage for a permanent classified employee shall be set between the minimum and the midpoint of the pay grade for the classification.

    (b)    The city manager may authorize pay adjustments for current employees in a work unit when a new employee in the work unit is hired at a rate of pay that creates an inequity in pay for current employees in the work unit.  A department head who wishes to make a pay adjustment under this subsection shall submit a request for pay adjustment to the director.  The director shall forward the request, along with the director’s recommendation, to the city manager.  In adjusting pay under this subsection, consideration shall be given to the employee’s experience, qualifications, work performance and any disciplinary action taken against the employee. Beginning salaries for employees shall not be set at a rate greater than the salaries of existing employees with equivalent qualifications within the same classification.

     (c)    All salary offers shall be approved by the director prior to offering employment.

     (d)    A higher initial wage may be approved by the director in unusual circumstances, such as when market conditions prohibit hiring within the assigned pay grade and/or the current pay or pay grade of employees does not stimulate upward career movement or when the new employee exceeds the minimum qualifications for the position.

(Code 1964, § 22.520(1) ; Ord. No. 17850, § 1, 9-15-03; Ord. No. 18254, § 1, 9-20-04)