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Neenah police chief wants departmental pay studied

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NEENAH, WI (WTAQ) - The police chief in Neenah says he's frustrated by delays in addressing pay issues which now have lieutenants making more money than captains inside the department.

Chief Kevin Wilkinson says work on fixing the issue started about three years ago. But so far, the city council has not passed a measure to fix the problem.

In January, thanks to three percent pay raise, all 7 lieutenants now make more than Capt. Howard Fuerst, a non-represented employee who was given a 1.7 percent raise.

Fuerst has asked to be demoted to lieutenant, Wilkinson says, because the position pays more and comes with less reponsibility. Fuerst currently makes $78,841, compared to the lieutenants, who are now paid $78,875.

Wilkinson tells FOX 11 the department's other captain has also asked to be demoted if a lieutenant position in the department becomes available. That captain currently makes $80,555, but Wilkinson says the difference in pay increases, known as compression, will soon catch up to the salary of the other captain as well.

Mayor George Scherck says the city is currently working with an outside consultant on a compensation study for all city employees.

Scherck says the issue is bigger than just a pay issue for a police department captain. Scherck says other city departments will be facing similar compensation issues in the near future and the city wants to deal with them all in a fair and timely fashion.

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