Prior to the adoption of Ord. 21555 on 12/17/2012, Section 19-88 read as follows.


    (a) The city manager may authorize the establishment of employee incentive programs based generally on the following set of criteria and subject to available funding from the City’s procurement card rebate program :

    (1)    Department level incentive program. The city manager may authorize department heads to provide additional compensation to employees in an amount not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00) based on one or more of the following criteria:

a.     Consistently demonstrates High Performance – performance above and beyond what is expected;

b.    Providing Provides exceptional c C ustomer s S ervice that supports the City of Columbia Service Standards – responsive, professional, helpful, knowledgeable and friendly ; or

c.    For s S uccessfully assuming additional or advanced responsibilities on a temporary basis. ;

d.    Models the city’s six (6) Core Values – customer service, communication, continuous improvement, integrity, teamwork and stewardship.

Funds available for this program shall be allocated  prorated among the city departments based generally on the number of full time employees in each department at the beginning of the fiscal year. No employee shall receive more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) from the employee’s own department  under this program in any fiscal year. Department heads may award incentive payments to employees of other departments of up to one hundred dollars ($100.00) per individual.   Department heads should ensure   must document the reason for the additional compensation is documented .

         Based on the same criteria listed above and subject to availability of funds, the city manager is authorized to provide additional compensation to employees.  These payments are separate from annual department allocations.  

    (2)    Major cost savings incentive program. This program is designed specifically for actions or suggestions that provide a major cost savings to the city. Department heads will forward nominees to a committee, established by the city manager, that which will make the recommendations to the city manager for approval. The city manager shall establish guidelines for payment amounts based on the level of savings and fiscal impact. Documentation is required to justify the cost savings and employees are eligible for a maximum of one (1) payment per year not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000.00)   ten (10) percent of the employee's prevailing rate of pay without the approval of the city council.


(Code 1964, § 22.520; Ord. No. 18254, § 1, 9-20-04; Ord. No. 20767, § 1, 9-20-10)