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Lake City Fire Department gets a pay raise

Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 4:22 AM EDT
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Lake City, Fla. (WCJB) - The City Council of Lake City boosted firefighter’s hourly pay. The fire department is currently the least paid compared to firefighters in surrounding areas.

Lake City Fire Chief Josh Wehinger said he has not received any applications within 400 miles of the city. He hopes that firefighters getting a bump in pay to $16 per hour will be a game-changer.

“It draws applicants that we were not getting before because we are not even competitive with other area departments. This now allows growth for the department and the city itself, “said Wehinger.

Meanwhile, the city council also discussed finding a new recruiter for the city manager position. It’s been open for over a year. A Lake City resident who attended the meeting is not happy about how long it’s taking to fill the position.

“I don’t think they are seriously moving forward about searching for one because they have an interim city manager doing the job so they don’t have a sense of urgency. But those of us in the community recognize the need for a city manager, " said Glenel Bowden.

Council members did not decide whether to go hire another head hunter to select future city manager candidates.

In two weeks the board will meet again to discuss filling the position.

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