Athens Police and Fire Workers To Receive Pay Raises

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) -- City leaders are confident a new pay scale approved by the Athens city council Monday evening will now make public safety departments competitive when recruiting new employees.

Beginning next month, firefighters on the force will receive about $2,600 more on their paychecks while police officers will get a $2,300 bump in pay.

"We have known all a long our public safety folks have been out of range especially with some of our surrounding communities," Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks says.

A community committee went over data from other similar sized Alabama cities to find out who Athens salaries stacked up. The group made their recommendations to the council who showed unanimous support Monday.

"We stand up all the time talk about the five important ingredients for every community and public safety is always the top of that list," Marks added.