Hastings City Hall

City Hall is located at 101 4th St E, Hastings.

Through City of Hastings recent hiring efforts and employee exit interviews, wages for some city employee positions have been cited as below competing market wages, City Administrator Dan Wietecha said at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

“As we looked at the 80-some [city employee] positions, many of them appear to be underpaid,” Wietecha said.

To address the apparent below-market wages for city employees, the Hastings City Council approved a compensation and classification study to look at how Hastings employees are being paid compared to similar positions in other cities.

The study, which plans to be completed by early summer, will help with recruiting and retaining city employees.

The council approved the study to ensure Hastings is paying competitive wages within the market.

“We want to get [wages] up where the market is so that we’re competitive,” Wietecha said.

According to a preliminary data review outside of the study, several city employee positions were found to be much lower than other positions in the same sector — between seven and 14 percent below other Minnesota city wages for the same positions.

Due to this, Wietecha proposed an interim wage increase for five city employee positions while the study is being conducted so that no positions are more than seven percent below the market.

The memo called for increasing the wages for five positions from the first of the year through June 30 when the study is anticipated to be completed.

The positions and their wages that appeared to be below the market after a preliminary data review included finance manager, parks director, senior accountant, lead IT support and community development director.

In a five to two vote, the motion to increase wages through the completion of the study was voted down at last night's meeting.

Mayor Mary Fasbender and councilmember Jen Fox were the only two to vote yes on the motion.

The compensation and classification study will look over city employee wages compared to their market competitors over the next months and make a recommendation to the council on whether to increase certain positions’ wages. 

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Sophia Voight is a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette. She is from Oshkosh, WI and graduated from the UW Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in Multimedia Journalism in 2021. She can be reached with any news tips at svoight@orourkemediagroup.com

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