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Morgan employees to get 5% pay hike for fiscal 2008

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

Morgan County employees will get a 5 percent pay hike for the 2008 fiscal year, and, in the future, pay raises for new employees will come from merit evaluations.

District 1 Commissioner and Chairman Pro Tem Jeff Clark said he supports the raises but thought the merit evaluations should have started this year. He said turnover in human resources stopped that from happening.

"We had lag time between human resources directors, and I'm hoping that our new director will be able to implement the merit steps based on job performance in the following year," said Clark.

The county has a grade pay-scale system for all new employees. Raises will be given based on job performance, Clark explained.

"There will be some across-the-board cost-of-living increases for employees who max out," Clark said. "But they won't be so large, probably between 1 and 2 percent."

Other commissioners favored giving the 5 percent across-the-board increase, also. Usually, employees have received a 3 percent raise.

In addition to the cost-of-living increase, License Commissioner Sue Baker Roan is
asking the County Commission to consider increasing the pay for seven of her longtime employees.

During her recent budget hearing, Roan told the commission that the employees are underpaid.

The amounts were factored into her proposed $737,091 budget.

District 4 Commissioner Stacy George suggested letting the human resources director conduct a comparison of Roan's employees' pay to the pay in other offices like the probate office.

Clark said he favored leaving the additional pay in the budget but agreed that the human resources director should research other pay scales first.

"It's no doubt these people need some type of adjustment," Clark said.

Deputy License Commissioner Patsy Dougherty said a couple of the employees are training for other positions.

"These are desk clerks that are learning added responsibilities," said Dougherty.

Roan said one employee is a supervisor who keeps a check on lines forming.

"She makes sure that customers are waited on as quick as possible," Roan said.

Current hourly pay for the employees ranges from $9.88 to $16.54.

If granted, the pay ranges would be from $13 per hour to $18.54.

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