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260.15  EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE COMPENSATION.
   (a)   The Fire Chief and any Assistant Fire Chief shall receive compensation equal to the education incentive rate in the current International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1361 bargaining agreement. The Police Chief shall receive compensation equal to the educational incentive rate in the current bargaining agreement for the FOP Lodge #25, Avon Lake Division. Such compensation shall be paid on the first day of June of each year, commencing June 1, 1983.
   (b)   Full-time non-bargaining employees who have attained an Associate’s Degree in an area directly related to the job the employee is performing shall be entitled to additional compensation of four hundred fifty dollars ($450.00) per year while in the employ of the City. Such compensation shall be paid the first pay day in June each year.
   (c)   Full-time non-bargaining employees who have attained a Bachelor’s Degree in an area directly related to the job the employee is performing shall be entitled to additional compensation of five hundred dollars ($500.00) per year while in the employ of the City. Such compensation shall be paid the first pay day in June each year.
   (d)   Full-time non-bargaining employees who have attained a Master’s Degree in an area directly related to the job the employee is performing shall be entitled to additional compensation of seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) per year while in the employ of the City. Such compensation shall be paid the first  pay day in June of each year.
   (e)   Full-time non-bargaining employees who have attained a Doctorate Degree in an area directly related to the job the employee is performing shall be entitled to additional compensation of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per year while in the employ of the City. Such compensation shall be paid the first  pay day in June of each year.
   (f)   Such compensation may not be cumulative with payment for the highest degree earned. The determination as to whether an employee is eligible for the educational incentive shall be made by the Mayor and the Human Resource Director. There shall be no educational incentive compensation paid for additional education when such education is a requirement for the job.
   (g)   Such compensation shall not be paid until such time as the employee furnishes to his department head a certificate from an accredited educational institution evidencing that the employee has satisfactorily completed all requirements necessary to be granted a degree by said educational institution. Copies of said certificates shall be forwarded to the Finance Department and shall be filed with the employee’s permanent records.
   (h)   Any full-time non-bargaining employee who is serving a probationary period shall not be entitled to such educational incentive benefit, whether or not the employee has a degree. An employee serving a promotional probationary period shall be entitled to payment.
(Ord. 135-91.  Passed 10-14-91; Ord. 108-04.  Passed 5-10-04; Ord. 133-2016.  Passed 10-11-16; Ord. 123-2018.  Passed 7-9-18.)