Clovis commissioners reject firefighters' raise

Staff Report
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.

He says he expects the department will need more firefighters in the future as nearby Cannon Air Force Base grows.