Posted by Colby Rogers
Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones announced Wednesday that thousands of city workers will receive pay raises.
The pay increases, which amount to about 3 percent for each of the more than 4,000 city employees, were passed by City Council last year, but never implemented.
Jones says despite the tough economic times facing Richmond, the workers deserve the money.
"In order to build a better Richmond, we've got to start from within," Jones said. "We can not expect to have external change until we have internal change."
Jones says the pay increase is the first of many new initiatives. Standing side by side with the city council president and vice president, Jones called his plan a new beginning for Richmond.
Jones says he is not just raising pay, but that he's also raising the bar on what's expected of city workers.
"We will hold employees to the highest ethical standards and reenforce that any unethical behavior will be treated seriously and decisively," Jones said.
City employees will see the raises in their Jan. 23 paychecks.
Jones is expected to hold another press conference and announce more changes at City Hall.