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Council to discuss hiring consultant for salary study of city jobs

At this week's meeting, the Bainbridge Island City Council will consider hiring Milliman, Inc. to conduct a citywide study of government jobs and salaries.

If hired, Milliman would conduct the first salary study for Bainbridge in seven years. The contract will cost $69,500.

The city council directed City Manager Doug Schulze to undertake a review of the city's jobs and compensations last November. The council also requested that the selected consultant compare the city's current policies to other public sector organizations.

The hired consultant will work with city staff to complete the study as early as May.

Since a key objective of the study is to deliver results to city leadership as soon as possible, a relatively aggressive schedule will be necessary.

The consultant will review the city's job classifications in the first 30 days of the project.

In the remaining 60 days, it will assess the information collected on job classifications and research comparable data from other organizations.

Milliman was selected by city staff out of five applicants for its extensive experience and data-driven analysis of comparable cities.

Milliman also has experience working with Bainbridge Island.

In 2007 it was hired to conduct a similar study, the results of which were used to develop compensation policies at the time.

The city council will discuss hiring Milliman during the "unfinished business" portion of the agenda at this week's meeting.

The Bainbridge Island City Council meets at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in city hall.

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