How do county leaders determine who gets paid what?
That’s a question commissioners have long grappled with. Now, they’re going to seek assistance in determining the answers.
District 3 commissioner Mike Youngblood proposed the establishment of a pay scale committee Monday, saying the county needs to set clear criteria on employee pay. He also suggested four people he wanted to see on the committee: senior center director Kelsey Tyner, human resources manager Tracy Dake, soon-to-retire magistrate judge Harry Rice and EMS director Jason Lewis. Youngblood added that EMS employees work odd hours and that Lewis needs to provide perspective on EMS schedules.
“Jason’s department is kind of different than anyone else’s with hours,” he said.
The board was scheduled to discuss the establishment of a committee again at its Monday, April 7 meeting. (See the April 10 print edition for coverage).
The issue of county employee pay has been an emotional topic for many years in Madison County. There have been frequent rifts related to perceptions of unfairness in pay.
In fact, several years ago, the BOC agreed to have a pay scale study conducted by the Carl Vinson Institute. But the board was not satisfied with the results of that study. And the wage suggestions were never implemented.
This past year, the county commissioners gave a one-time pay increase that amounted to a $900 bonus for full-time employees. That was the first across-the-board pay increase for county employees in several years.
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