Leadership

Suggests Chicago Pay Reductions

Issue 24 and Volume 84.

Suggests Chicago Pay Reductions Reductions in rank and therefore a large reduction in the annual pay roll of officers of the Chicago Fire Department, has been recommended to the Finance Committee by J. L. Jacobs, City Efficiency Engineer. He urged that the fourteen positions of Division Fire Marshal be abolished. Twelve of these men who rank in the department below the Deputy Fire Marshals receive $4,500 a year, one gets $5,000 and another $5,200. Another economy move is to reduce sixty-three lieutenants to the rank of firemen with corresponding salary reductions from $2,900 to $2,500. Mr. Jacobs wants fire engineers who receive $2,880 to be demoted to firemen as that rank receives $2,500. The expert did not ask that the number of men in the department be reduced. The alderman in charge of the Committee on Fire and Civil Service expressed displeasure at the recommendations and he opposed any changes…

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