AN ORDINANCE

NO. _______

An Ordinance adopting changes to the Columbus Consolidated Government Classification and Pay Plan by adding the position of Official Court Reporter at a Pay Grade 21 for Court Reporters on the effective date of this ordinance; authorizing up to $10,000.00 in transcript page charges per fiscal year when authorized by a Superior Court Judge; adopting Policies and Procedures for Court Reporters; and for other purposes.
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THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY ORDAINS:
SECTION 1.

(a) That the Human Resources Department is authorized to make changes to the Columbus Consolidated Government Classification and Pay Plan by adding the title Official Court Reporter (Pay Grade 21) on the effective date of this ordinance. Said salary shall only be increased when the pay plan is adjusted or a cost of living adjustment is made for all City employees. This salary shall be in lieu of appearance fees and per page charges mandated by the state for contract court reporters. After the effective date of this ordinance, appearance fees and per page charges, if any, shall not be calculated in or included as salary for any purpose. Authorized staffing is set at seven (7) Official Court Reporters.

(b) Court Reporters may receive up to $10,000.00, in addition to the salary set forth in subsection (a), in transcript page charges per fiscal year. Such payments shall be made in 12 equal monthly installments during each fiscal year as approved by the appointing Superior Court Judge.
SECTION 2.

The attached Policies and Procedures for Court Reporters are hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference.
SECTION 3.

This ordinance shall become effective on January 1, 2014.
SECTION 4.

All Ordinances or parts of Ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held on the 26th day of November, 2013; introduced a second time at a regular meeting of said Council held on the ______ day of _____________, 2013, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of said Council.

Councilor Allen voting____________.
Councilor Baker voting____________.
Councilor Barnes voting___________.
Councilor Davis voting____________.
Councilor Henderson voting________.
Councilor Huff voting_____________.
Councilor McDaniel voting_________.
Councilor Pugh voting_____________.
Councilor Thomas voting___________.
Councilor Woodson voting__________.


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SANDRA T. DAVIS, CLERK TERESA PIKE TOMLINSON, MAYOR

SUPERIOR COURT - COURT REPORTERS
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Annual Salary, G21, subject to the following conditions:

Payment up to $10,000 in transcript page charges per fiscal year per Court Reporter shall be permitted (in 12 equal monthly installments if total amount utilized) subject to the following conditions:

The primary duty of Court Reporters paid by the City shall be to service the Muscogee County Superior Court. Court Reporters shall be individually responsible for providing and, if necessary, paying from allocated transcript funds, a replacement Court Reporter approved by an appointing Judge when they cannot report for court in Muscogee County. Court Reporters shall be required to work for senior and other non-Chattahoochee Circuit Judges handling Muscogee County matters unless previously engaged in criminal court.

Expenses to include City standardized equipment, maintenance agreements on City equipment and supplies for City work, license renewal, and training as included in the Superior Court judges’ budgets annually procured through City bid/RFP/purchasing process and within city guidelines (only for City of Columbus/Muscogee County Superior Court criminal work)