The Associated Press
CLOVIS, N.M. - Clovis city commissioner have turned down a proposed pay increase for employees in the city fire department.
The vote was 4-3.
The pay plan proposed to use about $240,000 from five vacant firefighter positions to increase pay for about 50 jobs, including paramedic, lieutenant and driver-operator posts.
Commissioner Robert Sandoval says he supports the firefighters, but couldn't approve a pay raise for them but not for other city departments.
And Mayor David Lansford says taking salaries from five vacant jobs would affect the department's future staffing.