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H. B. 2076

(By Delegate Caputo)
[Introduced February 9, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources then Finance.]

A BILL to amend and reenact §20-7-1 c of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to providing salary parity for conservation officers relative to members of the West Virginia state police.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §20-7-1
c of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:

§20-7-1c. Conservation officers, ranks, salary schedule, base pay, exceptions.

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, the ranks within the law-enforcement section of the Division of Natural Resources are colonel, lieutenant colonel, major, captain, lieutenant, sergeant, corporal, conservation officer first class, senior conservation officer, conservation officer and conservation officer-in-training. Each officer while in uniform shall wear the insignia of rank as provided by the chief conservation officer.
(b) Beginning on the first day of July, two thousand two, and continuing thereafter, conservation officers shall be paid the minimum annual salaries based on the following schedule:


Conservation Officer-In-Training
(first year until end of probation)$26,337
Conservation Officer (second year)$29,768
Conservation Officer (third year)$30,140
Senior Conservation Officer (fourth and fifth year)$30,440
Senior Conservation Officer First Class
(after fifth year)$32,528
Senior Conservation Officer (after tenth year)$33,104
Senior Conservation Officer (after fifteenth year)$33,528
Corporal (after sixteenth year)$36,704
First Sergeant$42,968
Lieutenant Colonel$53,408
Conservation officers in service at the time the amendment to this section becomes effective shall be given credit for prior service and shall be paid salaries as the same length of service will entitle them to receive under the provisions of this section.
(c) This section does not apply to special or emergency conservation officers appointed under the authority of section one of this article.
(d) Nothing in this section prohibits other pay increases as provided for under section two, article five, chapter five of this code: Provided, That any across-the-board pay increase granted by the Legislature or the Governor will be added to, and reflected in, the minimum salaries set forth in this section; and that any merit increases granted to an officer over and above the annual salary schedule listed in subsection (b) of this section are retained by an officer when he or she advances from one rank to another.
(e) Beginning on the first day of July, two thousand five, and continuing thereafter, conservation officers shall be paid minimum annual salaries which are at least equal to, based on comparable years of service and rank, the minimum annual salaries set forth for members of the West Virginia state police in subsections (d) and (e) of section five, article two, chapter fifteen of this code.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to bring salaries of Division of Natural Resources conservation officers into parity with West Virginia state police salaries.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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