McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

December 19, 2013

City employees to get 'pay adjustment' in time for holidays

By James Beaty
Senior Editor

McALESTER — City of McAlester employees will have a little extra this holiday season.

They’re expected to have the extra money in their paychecks Friday.

City Manager Pete Stasiak requested the extra pay, approved by the McAlester City Council during the group’s last regular meeting.

Stasiak is calling the payment “a one-time pay adjustment.” Under the action, each employee will net $250, according to the city manager.

The additional payment is only for full-time employees. Currently, the city has 205 full-time employees on the payroll.

“We’re thanking our employees for their hard work,” Stasiak said. He said city employees have not received raises for several years.

The payment will cost the city approximately $57,000, according to Stasiak

“The city is on stable ground right now,” Stasiak said. He feels the day-to-day efforts of city employees have had a lot to do with it and he hopes the payment will help show the city’s appreciation for what they’ve done over the past year.

“We felt it was the perfect thing to do to recognize our employees’ efforts,” Stasiak said.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.