Approximately 15 to 20 employees who work for the county will be soon be affected by a recent decision made by the fiscal court to change its pay plan in attempts to make it more fair.
It was brought to the attention of the magistrates that some employees were not making as much as others who started after them and didn’t have as much experience and years served. This prompted the formation of a committee who was charged to look into pay plan, find out if there were indeed variables and to make suggestions on how to iron them out.
Magistrate Jo Orange, Drexel Johnson and Jack Crossley worked for months looking at the pay plan, and did in fact, find there were problems that needed correcting to make the plan fair for all current employees and those hired in the future.
“We didn’t even know where to start in the beginning,” said magistrate Orange. “We worked for three months comparing what employees actually were being paid based on experience and found employees that were being underpaid based on that experience and number of years worked.”
Magistrate Crossley said he hopes this change will be acceptable.
The county, as part of the committee recommendation, has raised the minimum starting wage by .50 cents in hopes this would correct some of the issues that began the problems in the first place. Department heads are now not allowed to vary away from the minimum when hiring unless they come to the fiscal court first.
Cost for the change to the pay plan is approximately $40,000.
“We cannot do more than the county can afford, but at least it’s evened out now,” said Judge Executive Logan Chick.
Magistrate Orange said the committee did not look at individual personalities, but instead at the salary schedule, years of service and experience.
“We were charged with trying to make it fair and we put our blood, sweat and tears into making it fair,” said Orange. “I don’t spend money. You know I don’t like to spend money. But I think we need to pay our people fairly.”
A change to the personnel policy is expected at a later date.
Logan County Clerk Scottie Harper thanked the court Tuesday for making the necessary changes to the pay plan. He suggested the court look into the plan every so often to assure it doesn’t get off track again.