Horry County Council to consider pay scale for public safety employees

Horry County Council to consider pay scale for public safety employees

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Council members will look into the option of using a pay scale for their public safety employees.

Councilman Cam Crawford brought up the idea at Tuesday’s Horry County Council meeting.

“This, looking into the future, I think would probably be a better system,” Crawford said Wednesday.

He said the pay scale would be based on time served, rank and cost of living.

Crawford said Police Chief Joe Hill, Sheriff Phillip Thompson and Fire Chief Joseph Tanner would be tasked with coming up with a plan on how the scale would work to County Council.

Councilman Johnny Vaught agrees it’s a good idea.

“Cam had a great idea to go ahead and start looking at what are the options,” Vaught said.

County leaders will look into the option at their upcoming budget retreat.

Vaught says they’ll also be doing their homework on how pay scales are implemented elsewhere.

There are other counties in the state, specifically Greenville, that have this kind of pay package and scale,” Vaught said. “So we’re going to be looking at theirs. We’re going to be looking at other counties in the state and how they do it.”

Vaught says if the idea for a pay scale becomes official, it’ll probably take about a year to start implementing.

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