Chandler City Hall Complex /Photo: Chandler City Government
By Peter Samore | KTAR
More than 1,500 city of Chandler employees are splitting $5.5 million in bonuses from savings due to COVID-19 pandemic hiring freezes.
One-time “exceptional performance awards” resulted in payments of $3,000 to 1,522 full-time city employees and $1,500 to 29 part-time employees.
“We receive letters of gratitude from our citizens,” Mayor Kevin Hartke said. “Someone that helps them with a leaky water issue, as well as someone in duress and a police officer helps them on the street.”
He appreciates the sacrifices of first responders and other workers who encountered the public while COVID-19 spread.
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Police and firefighters shared the bonuses, too, but their unions pressured the city council to spend more money on new hires.