STL Councilmember hopes to give certain Department of Health employees Prop P funds

Councilwoman Hazel Erby on Tuesday introduced legislation that would use Prop P funds to give Corrections Medicine employees at the St. Louis County Department of Public Health a 10 percent raise.

Erby’s legislation comes as a response to County Executive Steve Stenger’s proposal to give corrections medicine employees a three percent raise.

Councilmember Erby

In addition to the 10 percent raise Erby is proposing, the legislation would also include a two percent raise for every five years service (up to a maximum six percent) for case managers, corrections case supervisors, office services representatives, office managers and others.

Communication from County Executive Steve Stenger recommended that the sum of $150,000 be appropriated to support a program for a 3 percent raise for employees assigned to and working in the Corrections Medicine Program of the Division of Health Services in the Department of Public Health.

The money for the increased wages would come from the county’s health fund.

Erby at a meeting in February stated that she thought the amount was an ‘insult’ and the money for the raises shouldn’t come from the health fund.

This comes after weeks of public comment from various St. Louis County corrections medicine employees stating that they believe they were considered public safety employees that were deserving of Proposition P funds.

According to Stenger, the estimated balance for the health fund at the end of 2017 was approximately $12.7 million.

In addition to Erby’s bill, the County Council voted on legislation that would authorize the county executive to accept a grant of up to $261,020 from the Missouri Department of Public Safety as part of the STOP Violence Against Women Program.

The legislation easily passed 5-0, with Councilmembers Colleen Wasinger, and Ernie Trakas being absent.

According to Missouri’s Department of Public Safety’s website, the STOP Program encourages the development and strengthening of effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to address violent crimes against women and the development and strengthening of victim services in cases involving violent crimes against women.

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