HAMMOND | Hammond City Court Judge Jeffrey Harkin is asking the City Council to tweak salaries for three probation officer positions to meet state standards.
Harkin said the salaries were incorrect in an ordinance the City Council approved setting this year's salaries for city workers.
The salary for the chief probation officer will increase to $62,305, according to the proposed ordinance. The city's two probation officer positions will now make $46,377 and $35,818. The original salary ordinance had pay for both positions at $45,834.
“We're mandated by the Indiana Judicial Center to pay certain minimum salaries to our probation officers,” Harkin said. “Those minimum salaries were accounted for in the budget. They, however, were not accounted for in the salary ordinance.”
He said the department also is retitling a position responsible for coordinating community service workers and graffiti removal to director of community service.
He said the current coordinator plans to retire in June, and the person hired to replace the outgoing coordinator will come on board early to learn the job.
According to the ordinance, the department's budget has money in place in either the judge's general fund budget or adult probation budget to handle the changes without the need for additional funds.
The Hammond City Council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Monday inside Council Chambers at City Hall, 5925 Calumet Ave.