City Attorney working on Police Records Clerk impasse

City Attorney Jacque Pucheu told the City Council on Tuesday night that discussions are under way to resolve an impasse over Civil Service pay status for two Police Department records clerks.

The Fire and Police Civil Service board voted earlier to retain a lawyer and seek an order forcing Mayor Bob Morris to sign action sheets that change the clerks’ pay to the rate required under Civil Service.

Board members were exasperated that they had to hire an attorney, whose bill will be paid by the city, to get an order for what they consider a routine matter.

Morris has refused to do so since last Fall, when the City Council authorized the classified status for the two women.

He has said he does not think two clerks are necessary.

Morris was out of town Tuesday night.

Pucheu told the council the mayor has asked him to try to get the matter settled and that he has had conversations with the other lawyer.

The average pay difference for the clerks is about $2.40 an hour.

Pucheu noted there is an issue of how far back the back pay goes - to last fall or beyond.

One of the clerks took the Civil Service test seven years ago, though she has not been a full-time clerk that long.

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