H. B. 2485
(By Delegates Yeager, Leggett, Crosier,
Morgan and Talbott)
[Introduced January 21, 2003; referred to the
Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources then Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section one-c, article seven, chapter
twenty of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred
thirty-one, as amended, relating to salaries of conservation
officers; increasing the salary of certain conservation
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section one-c, article seven, chapter twenty of the code
of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended,
be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. LAW ENFORCEMENT, MOTOR BOATING, LITTER.
§20-7-1c. Conservation officers, ranks, salary schedule, base pay,
(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
(b) Beginning on the first day of July, two thousand three,
and continuing thereafter, conservation officers shall be paid the
minimum annual salaries based on the following schedule:
ANNUAL SALARY SCHEDULE (BASE PAY)
SUPERVISORY AND NONSUPERVISORY RANKS
(first year until end of probation). . . . . . .
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).
Corporal (after sixteenth year)$36,704
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.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is
to incorporate a pay
increase for certain conservation officers.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would