The county board of commissioners held the first of a series of work sessions about making changes to the county employee pay scale.
The BOC agreed recently to implement a pay freeze while they review the pay scale.
They discussed salaries and pay levels in the emergency medical services department, the E-911 office and the appraisers’ office. The board discussed pay grade classifications that cover entry level salaries, but chairman Anthony Dove pointed out that most employees make more than those amounts since those pay levels are for new hires “off the street” with little or no experience.
The board discussed adding a few new classifications to the appraisers’ office and increasing the pay difference between EMTs and paramedics in the EMS department, agreeing that paramedics deserve more pay. They also discussed increasing the pay of higher-level dispatchers in the 9-1-1 office.
Commissioner Stanley Thomas cautioned fellow commissioners that they need to be careful not to set entry level pay for certain jobs at more than what current employees make now.
The BOC plans to meet with E-911 director David Camp and EMS director Jason Lewis at their next work session, which will likely be some time next month. Commissioners indicated they would like to get some basic information from them to help establish starting levels of pay.
“This is not about raises for their employees,” Dove said. “This is just to get input from them.”