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Council to talk police, fire pay problems

by Minden Press-Herald

The Minden City Council will hold a special meeting Monday morning.

The sole item on the agenda is to authorize the city to settle the Minden fire and police payroll issues.

In March, the Minden City Council met in a special meeting to authorize the city to settle the payroll issues found during the audit. After meeting in executive session for more than an hour, the council moved to table the issue.

“We met and had a long discussion, but we couldn’t come up with a conclusion,” Davis said following the March meeting.

Davis wasn’t forthcoming on how the city planned on fixing the issues saying he couldn’t discuss it.

“I can’t answer anything, I wish I could,” he said. “I know what I want to do, but I can’t tell you that.”

An internal audit of civil service employee’s pay was conducted after Minden police Sgt. Ryan Barnette spoke at the November 2015 city council meeting informing the council the city had notified him that he was overpaid for about three years and owed nearly $9,500 in backpay.

“We’re investigating everyone’s pay to make sure it is being done correctly,” Minden Mayor Tommy Davis said in a November 2015 interview. “We’re going back 10 years, and it will take some time to make sure all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed.”

The audit revealed a multitude of errors included overpayments, underpayments, miscalculations with raises and miscalculations with retirement benefits.

The council will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in the Pelican Conference Room at city hall. The meeting is open to the public.

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