LIMA — Starting salaries for Lima’s wastewater and water superintendents are too low to stay competitive, City Utilities Director Mike Caprella told the Civil Service Board on Thursday.
The board voted to send a recommendation to the City Council this month asking council to raise starting salaries for both positions to better reflect pay scales offered by other Ohio cities.
The city has been trying to fill its wastewater treatment superintendent position, which requires the highest level of certification in Ohio to comply with Environmental Protection Agency standards, for approximately six months, Caprella said.
“We get potential candidates, but when it comes time to talk to them (we hear) ‘you don’t offer enough money. I can make more money working somewhere else,’” Caprella told the Civil Services Board on Thursday.
Caprella said starting pay for a wastewater superintendent in Lima is roughly $73,000, while cities like Columbus are offering upwards of $120,000 per year to candidates with the same level of certification Lima requires.
If council approves, wastewater and water superintendents in Lima could see their starting pay increase by roughly $10,000 per year and two weeks of vacation in their first year.