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Tama city employees receive salary boosts

June 12, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Salary hikes totaling an across-the-board $1,500 for most Tama city employees received final approval on a 5-0 vote of the Tama City Council Monday night, June 4. The increases had been included in the fiscal 2018-19 city budget.

The difficulty of recruiting police officers for the six-member department prompted a $2,000 raise to $37,000 annually over the previous pay for non-certified new hires, also on a 5-0 vote with council members Robert Tyynismaa, Emily Babinat, Aaron Haughey, Kenny McAdoo and Doug Ray voting in favor.

Police Chief Jason Bina told council members his department remains three officers short with a resignation and a new hire. He said he was working more than 50 hours above the normal work schedule per pay period and officers were working overtime.

Jarade Purk resigned from the force effective May 25 and his resignation was accepted by the council Monday night.

Council members directed City Attorney Dan Rahtjen to inform Purk by letter he will be expected to pay to the city a total of $6,623 with in 30 days.

The amount will reimburse the city for accepting a buyout agreement with the Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Department which had paid for Purk's Iowa Law Enforcement Academy training expenses while he was a member of that force.

The council approved the hiring of Cooper Coffman, Ankeny, as a full-time officer on the department. Bina said Coffman currently works at the Iowa Womens Correctional Facility at Mitchellville and holds a Associate Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Des Moines Area Community College.

He will be paid $37,000 annually, reflecting the $2,000 pay hike approved in an attempt to attract more police applicants made Monday night.


Pay, with the $1,500 annual boost, will make salaries beginning July 1: Police Chief Jason Bina- $54,000, police detective $48,500; Police Sergeant Brandon Boldt $48,500; certified police officer $47,500; entry-level certified officer - one year $43,500; 3rd year entry level certified officer $45,500.

City Clerk Alyssa Hoskey- $42,500; assistant clerk $43,772 (due to present assistant Nancy Carlson having 23 years of service and Hoskey is completing her first year in the clerk's position there was a differential in pay; Public works Director John Lloyd $62,000.

Street Superintendent Stuart Eisentrager $49,319; street laborer $43,722; cemetery sexton $42,620; Oaramedic Don Weitzell $47,500; Water Superintendent Kent Campbell $48,500; Sewer Plant Operator Bill Brower $50,500.

Also, building inspector $15 hourly (based upon 17 1/2 hours week); Tama Civic Center custodian $720 monthly.



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