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Ordinance No. 00478

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City Council meeting minutes of November 3 2008

ORDINANCE NO. 478

AN ORDINANCE of the City Council of the City of Lakewood, Washington, amending the City of Lakewood Employee Classification and Compensation Plan to include a salary differential for any regular employee of the City called to active military duty for more than thirty (30) consecutive days.

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Lakewood, Washington, has adopted various ordinances identifying compensation and benefit levels with the intention of attracting and retaining qualified individuals to serve as employees in the City?s various departments; and

WHEREAS, the City of Lakewood values military personnel in the workforce; and

WHEREAS, the financial impact on a City employee called to active military duty can be significant; and

WHEREAS, the City can support military service and recognize the value of City employees by paying the employee the difference between the military pay and their City salary during active duty;

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAKEWOOD, WASHINGTON, DO ORDAIN as Follows:

Section 1. That the benefits in the City of Lakewood Employee Compensation and Classification Plan are hereby amended to include the following:

Employees who serve active military duty for more than thirty (30) consecutive days shall receive, during mobilization and for no longer than twenty-four (24) months of mobilization, compensation from the City in an amount equal to the difference between the employee?s military pay plus allowances and pay due as a City employee.

Section 2. Severability. If any section, sentence, clause, or phrase of this ordinance should be held invalid or unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of any other section, sentence, clause or phrase of this ordinance.

Section 3. Effective Date. That this Ordinance shall be in full force and effect five (5) days after publication of the Ordinance Summary.

ADOPTED by the City Council this 3rd day of November, 2008.

CITY OF LAKEWOOD

Attest: ____________________________________

Douglas G. Richardson, Mayor

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Alice M. Bush, MMC, City Clerk

Approved as to Form:

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Heidi Wachter, City Attorney