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SMITHVILLE — The Smithville Board of Aldermen moved quickly on approving a new compensation plan for city employees this month. All employees will get at least a 3% pay increase this year, starting Sunday, Jan. 30. Employees may also receive additional merit pay increases in the spring.

Last year, aldermen hired McGrath Human Resources to look at the city’s current compensation plan as well as benefits in comparison to neighboring and comparable communities. Comparable organizations included Gladstone, Kearney, Liberty, Excelsior Springs, North Kansas City and the county. City leadership heard that report earlier this month. Mayor Damien Boley said the city is bringing its salaries in line with the rest of the Kansas City metro, especially Smithville police.

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at or 389-6630.

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