SCRANTON — Lackawanna County Commissioners announced Monday the 911 employees who “answer the call” every day will receive an hourly rate increase along with the salary provision in the collective bargaining agreement.
Effective Jan. 1, 2016, all supervisors, dispatchers and new employees at the 911 Emergency Services Center, Jessup, will receive a $2 per hour pay raise in addition to their contractually agreed upon increase.
This brings the starting rate from $25,997 to $32,000.
According to the commissioners, the adjustment enables a more competitive starting salary for attracting employees, while also retaining the people who currently work at the 911 center. The county has spent thousands of dollars training individuals, only to have some hired away by other organizations once they gain experience.
The 911 annual salary increase is included in the 2016 budget. The commissioners were able to provide the additional hourly rate compensation due to the cost-savings in the 2015 budget.