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Job descriptions, salary plan on agenda

December 31, 2013 | 08:55 AM

At its last meeting of the year, on Dec. 23, the Harrison County Council set a meeting day, Jan. 24 at 9 a.m., for representatives of the professional management firm Waggoner, Irwin, Scheele & Associates Inc. and county department heads to discuss the job description and compensation plan and employee handbook.

Harrison County Council Chair Gary Davis reads an inscription on a plate given to him from other councilmembers for his leadership throughout 2013 during the council's final meeting of the year Monday, Dec. 23. Photo by Ross Schulz (click for larger version)
In September, after about two years of work, the council approved the job classification and compensation project for all county employees as produced by Waggoner, Irwin, Scheele.

Many positions were deemed underpaid, according to the study, but a number were also categorized as overpaid.

The council, at the recommendation of the financial planning committee (Councilmen Phil Smith, Gary Davis and Gordon Pendleton), agreed to bring those salaries lacking in pay up to where they should be and leave those overpaid positions as is, with no raises, until the recommended base pay catches up to the actual pay.

The goal of the study was to reach pay equity for all internal county employees, Davis said.

He said the process included sending questionnaires to all county employees from Waggoner, Irwin, Scheele that were reviewed by the employees' superior.

Any questions department heads have about their own salary or that of their employees can be answered at the meeting.

The council moved to keep the animal control and weights and measures position salaried (exempt) through July 1 to avoid a two-week period where the two would not be paid. Both positions were deemed non-exempt (non-salaried) in the study and will now be paid an hourly wage, beginning July 1. The change was approved 6-0 (Councilman Richard Gerdon was absent).

At the recommendation of Waggoner, Irwin, Scheele, the council established a job description review committee, consisting of the financial committee members (Davis, Smith and Pendleton).

In other business, the council set the county mileage reimbursement rate for 2014 at 47 cents per mile, the same as 2013. The national rate is 56 cents per mile.

The council's first meeting of 2014 will be Monday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in Corydon.

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    County Hiring Practices
    January 02, 2014 | 12:12 PM

    I think this is a great move! When is the county going to publicly announce ALL openings, and accept applications from the general public?

    Doing this might lessen the perception that family members of other employers or office holders are the only people who stand a chance of getting a county job. Nepotism is bad practice no matter where it occurs.

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