Mayor Bill Ketron plans 15% pay hike for Rutherford government workers

  • Mayor’s pay hike proposal comes before May 3 primary
  • Smyrna raises government pay by 8%
  • Murfreesboro also boosts government pay by 7%
  • County this year has a budget to support 1,634 employees

Clarification: This story has been updated with information about the number of Rutherford County government jobs. 

Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron responded to inflation this week by proposing a 15% pay hike for government workers 

“I have no choice but to recommend 15% increase in pay,” Ketron said Monday.

The mayor’s proposal follows other local governments — including Murfreesboro and Smyrna — that recently increased worker pay.

Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron speaks during a Rutherford County Commission Steering, Legislative & Governmental Committee meeting where the topic about possibly establishing a board to oversee the Juvenile Detention Center was addressed on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. Oversight of the Juvenile Detention Center is currently under the authority of Juvenile Court Judge Donna Scott Davenport.

Ketreon hopes to convince the Rutherford County Commission to approve his pay hike proposal for the next fiscal budget year that starts July 1. The pay boost would help the county retain staff financially stressed by the higher price of gasoline, groceries and housing costs, Ketron said. 

The plan only applies to the county government workers. The county started this fiscal year with budget to support a government workforce of 1,626, including 1,380 full-time employees.

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