County seeks standard pay grades

Lucille Turner of the Carson and Adkins law firm

Lucille Turner of the Carson and Adkins law firm

Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 04:16 PM.

A proposed wage classification plan would end across-the-board raises to county employees and require supervisor evaluations.

On Oct. 1, county legal advisor Lucille Turner of the Carson and Adkins law firm, presented commissioners with a plan to formally classify county employees and set standardized wage increases based on seniority and performance.

The county commission has yet to plug in numbers to the wage classifications and is expected to consider adoption of the plan in the weeks ahead.

Turner said the new plan applies only to employees of the county commission, such as the road department and solid waste, but hoped constitutional officers would follow the county lead in adopting new rules.

Turner said she did not focus on the rules adopted by other counties in creating the guidelines. “You’re not losing people or having trouble recruiting,” she said, “So we must be doing some things right.”

She pointed out that county employees’ salaries are based largely on seniority, and that under the proposed system, employees could keep their years of service when moving from job to job as an incentive to remain with the county.

She said the proposed rules would not be a part of standing county policy because the rules would be reviewed every year when the budget is being prepared.

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