The City Council has granted emergency dispatchers a 10 percent pay raise.

In a recent meeting council members voted to raise starting wages of dispatchers from $7.03 an hour to $8.05 an hour. Wagers after 20 years of service would rise $11.91 to $13.12 an hour, City Manager Tom Hardy said.Police administrators told council members at an earlier meeting on Jan. 11 that their department was having problems both recruiting and retaining dispatchers, because of low wages.

The pay hike keeps the six female dispatcher's salaries within the top 30 percent of Wasatch Front cities - a policy of the city. It also makes Bountiful dispatch salaries the highest in Davis County, above Clearfield and Layton. Currently there is a high turnover in dispatcher ranks. The most senior dispatcher has been there only 21/2 years.

Dispatchers answer 911 emergency police, fire and medical calls and type police reports. All of the dispatchers must also be certified as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher to give basic first aid instructions over the phone.