Q May a fire chief be paid a salary and, in addition, be paid on a per call basis?

A The municipality has the discretion to pay its employees, including the fire chief, compensation which it has deemed to be reasonable provided that the compensation is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position and resources of the community. Note that public employees may not be paid twice for the same hours worked, so to the extent that the subject “per call” payments involve duties that are already being compensated in “salary,” the municipality would be prohibited from making such payments. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Sims, December 21, 2018)