Lack of workers leads Dover to consider pay rises for pool workers

DOVER — Faced with a shortage of lifeguards and school crossing guards, the city is considering raising the pay of those positions, as well as those of other seasonal and part-time employees.

Lifeguards at Dover City Pool earned $9.30 an hour (Ohio minimum wage) in 2022. Due to a shortage of lifeguards, the pool had to close for about five days last summer.

“It’s tough when you’re offering $9.30 an hour and some fast food outlets are offering $13 or something like that,” Acting Mayor Shane Gunnoe recently told council. “So we certainly think we have advantages working for the city, but we have to be more competitive in terms of compensation.”

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