Senate Bill No. 59

(By Senators Dittmar, Kessler, Love,

Sharpe, Bowman, White, Ball and Anderson)


[Passed March 14, 1998; in effect ninety days from passage.]


AN ACT to amend and reenact section one-c, article seven, chapter twenty of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to adding and redesignating ranks; setting corporals salary; updating the minimum base pay scale for conservation officers; requiring across-the-board pay increases be included in minimum base pay scale; and providing for retention of merit increases.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section one-c, article seven, chapter twenty of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:

§20-7-1c. Conservation officers, ranks, salary schedule, base pay, exceptions.

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, the ranks within the law-enforcement section of the division of natural resources are colonel, lieutenant colonel, major, captain, lieutenant, sergeant, corporal, conservation officer first class, senior conservation officer, conservation officer and conservation officer-in-training. Each officer while in uniform shall wear the insignia of rank as provided by the chief conservation officer.
(b) Conservation officers shall be paid the minimum annual salaries based on the following schedule:


Conservation Officer-In-Training
(first year) $22,025
Conservation Officer (second year) $24,214
Conservation Officer (third year) $24,486
Senior Conservation Officer (fourth year) $24,698
Conservation Officer First Class
(after fifth year) $26,276
Conservation Officer (after tenth year) $27,854
Conservation Officer (after fifteenth year) $29,254
Corporal $31,065
Sergeant $32,877
Lieutenant $35,697
Captain $37,983
Major $40,266
Lieutenant Colonel $42,308
Conservation officers in service at the time the amendment to this section becomes effective shall be given credit for prior service and shall be paid salaries as the same length of service will entitle them to receive under the provisions of this section.
(c) This section does not apply to special or emergency conservation officers appointed under the authority of section one of this article.
(d) Nothing in this section prohibits other pay increases as provided for under section two, article five, chapter five of this code: Provided, That an across-the-board pay increase granted by the Legislature or the governor is added to, and reflected in, the minimum salaries set forth in this section; and that merit increases are retained by an officer when he or she advances from one rank to another.