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Click here to view the City Classification and Compensation Policy.

History of our City's Classification System
Initially developed over thirty years ago by Professor Emeritus Thomas T. Paterson and further refined by Fox Lawson's compensation consultants, through hands on experience in government settings, the Decision Band™ Method has been tested in organizations throughout the world as a means of identifying rational distinctions in pay for all jobs. DBM has been used successfully in both public and private sector organizations. Organizations utilizing the DBM framework can be assured that their pay hierarchy will be reliable, valid, and justifiable.

In 1988, the City of Flagstaff hired Ernst & Young to conduct a classification study using their copyrighted Decision Band Method of job classification. The Decision Band Method (DBM) evaluates positions based on the types of decisions associated with jobs. The underlying theory is that decisions are the essence of what makes a job important to the organization.

Since 1988, as positions have been added, it has been the responsibility of Human Resources to conduct job evaluations, analyze, and determine pay ranges using DBM methodology. Additionally, if an incumbent’s job duties change during the fiscal year, Human Resources is responsible for conducting a reclassification analysis and providing recommendations during the budget process.

Our Classification System - The Decision Band Method (DBM)

The basic premise of DBM is that the value of a job to an organization is based on the decision-making requirements of the job. Decision-making is common to all jobs: all jobs require incumbents to make decisions in order to perform their jobs, decision-making is a logical and equitable basis on which to compare jobs within an organization.

Find more detailed information on the Decision Band Method.

Personnel Changes
For any of the following, a completed Personnel Change Request (including signatures) must be submitted to Human Resources. 

HR is not accepting any Personnel Changes until 7/1/2015.  We are working on updating materials to use in conjunction with Market Based Pay.  If you have any questions before the materials are distributed, please call Jennifer at 213-2098.

  • Reclassification - An individual within a classification is evaluated in regard to moving that person away from others in the same classification to a higher (or lower) classification
  • Rerange - A classification in a given pay range is evaluated in regard to moving that position classification to a higher (or lower) pay range. This affects all employees in the classification, including single incumbent classifications
  • Reorganization - Restructures an entire program, section, or division
  • Rezone - An individual within a broadband may be moved to a higher-level zone within the broadband based on the employee’s performance
  • Retitle - A job title is evaluated in regard to changing the job title only
  • Addition of Position - Adding a new FTE
  • Change in number of hours - Changing the number of hours associated with an FTE
  • Change to or addition of Assignment Pay - Changing the number of slots associated with a type of assignment pay or adding a new type of assignment pay

The current status of the Personnel Change Requests for 7/1/15 may be found here.

Completed Zone Change Checklists