The Civil Service Commission and the impacted employees have agreed with the proposal, Wendling said. Now the city must wait for approval from the State Employment Relations Board.
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The salaries of the three lieutenants may change slightly, Wendling said, but would still be within the budget. Gerold and Valandingham currently earn $51.23 an hour, and Mays earns $50.31 an hour.
“It takes a lot of the pressure off the chief and frees him up to run the department,” said Councilman Ron D’Epifanio, chair of council’s public safety subcommittee. “I think the people that we have in these positions, not only are they qualified, the rank and file from what I know all respect them.”
D’Epifanio said the move gives another layer of “positive management” and says the move will “just enhances our department tremendously.”
“I think you’re going to see a lot more accomplished,” he said. “Just look at what’s happened with OVIs.”
Drunk drivers are more likely to get arrested in Fairfield than most other communities in Butler County, according to data analyzed and published earlier this week by the Journal-News.
OVI arrests in Fairfield have been rising since 2015, according to the data. From 2015 to 2017, OVI arrests increased by 72.2 percent.