The East Ridge City Council has agreed to a raise for the city court clerk position effective July 2019.
It would move the current pay of $54,472 up by six percent to $57,740. In addition, the clerk would begin to receive annual raises in line with other city employees.
Patricia Cassidy was the first elected clerk with her term beginning September 2014, and she plans to run for re-election.
She says of the need for the higher pay, "I’m lucky to only work a 60-hour work week. I’m on call 24/7 for warrant issues and any questions the police officers may have at any time. What people don’t understand about this position is that it is a full-time plus job, not a political position. The clerk has no say in any changes for the city or anything of that manner. "
Candidates can begin picking up qualifying papers on May 18. The qualifying deadline is Aug. 16 at noon.
The election is Nov. 6.