Castle Hills approves revised employee manual

SAN ANTONIO – There was a big sigh of relief by firefighters in Castle Hills after concerns their benefits would be cut.

Those concerns were addressed Tuesday night as council members voted unanimously to pass the revised employee manual which had not been updated since 2005.

KSAT 12 was told there were concerns the council would delay the decision and try to cut back when it came to firefighters benefits and sick leave.

However, Castle Hills city manager Diane Pfeil, who was asked to make changes and update the manual, said she felt that the city of Castle Hills needed to offer an attractive benefits package to recruit and retain the best, and to invest in their employees.

Pfeil said she looked at what other cities like Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills and Olmos Park were doing, as far as benefits and revised the manual accordingly.

"I think it's a huge step forward for the city to where we can recruit and retain the employees that we need to," said Pfeil. "To give our premier services that our city wants."

As part of the revisions the city manager also added two holidays. The city says 75 percent of Castle Hills employees are first responders.

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