Mayor proposes employee counselor

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Mayor proposes employee counselor

TUPELO – Mayor Jack Marshall is asking City Council to approve employment of a full-time counselor to serve city workers and their families under an Employee Assistance Program.

The counselor would be available to aid employees and their families with substance abuse or other personal problems. The counselor would maintain regular office hours and be on call for emergencies.

The city currently budgets $2 a month for each of its 400 employees for limited counseling and about $3,125 a year for pre-employment psychological testing by outside agencies. By providing the services internally, the city would save about $12,725 a year, or up to one-half the anticipated salary of a full-time counselor, Marshall said.

“We just believe it would be a really good asset for our employees to have,” Marshall told council members.

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