Annapolis to consider salary plan for military reservists called to duty

October 08, 2001|By Amanda J. Crawford | Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF

Employees of the city of Annapolis called to active military duty would receive a supplementary salary and continued benefits under a measure to be introduced at today's city council meeting.

The legislation, sponsored by Mayor Dean L. Johnson, would prevent about 16 city employees who are members of the military reserves or National Guard from losing income and benefits if they are called to active duty as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"We are trying to support our armed service, our country and our employees," said Kimla T. Milburn, the city's human resources director.

Under the legislation, the city would pay employees the difference between their city salary and their military salary and allowances while they are on active duty and away from their jobs. It also would allow them and their families to continue receiving medical benefits and would have the city pick up 100 percent of health care costs, as opposed to the 90 percent the city currently covers. The time spent away would be counted toward their retirement.

Johnson said if the legislation passes it would show "that we support them in their endeavors to protect us as a country and we look forward to their return."

The council will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the council chamber in City Hall on Duke of Gloucester Street.

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