Greene County commissioners have approved 2 percent raises for the county’s non-union employees.
The raises will cost the county about $60,000 from the effective date, Oct. 5 through the end of the year. Approximately $25,000 will be used to fund pay increases for employees working in departments which report to the county commissioners and $35,000 will be used to fund raises for departments under other elected officials, said Howard Poston, the Greene County administrator.
Employees will see the increase in their Nov. 1 paycheck, according to the county auditor.
County commissioners unanimously approved the pay increase for non union employees, in departments that report to the county board of commissioners, during a meeting earlier this month. They also voted to give elected officials money to fund a similar increase within their departments or use the funds however they choose.
“We’ve reduced staff and picked up additional duties,” said Poston. “We have the funds to support the raise and employees deserve it.”
The recent pay increase will also “level the playing field” since union employees received raises earlier this year as a result of contract negotiations, Poston said.
Greene County Recorder Eric Sears said all of his employees will get a 2 percent increase.
“I’m considering this a cost of living raise,” he said.
Sears said he would not be able to give the five full-time and four part-time employees raises without the additional funds from the county commissioners because of budget constraints.
The county recorder’s office budget an estimated $541,274 was reduced between $55,000 to $60,000 since Sears took office in 2009, he said. During his first year, he cut full-time employee hours from 40 to 32 hours per week to reduce expenses.
David Graham, the Greene County Auditor said he plans to give raises to his staff, but would not have been able to afford the increase without the funds from county commissioners.
Workers in the county auditor’s office are not guaranteed a pay increase. Employees who are underperforming will not get an increase, he said.
“You base it on the value they add to the organization,” Graham said. “With additional responsibility there should be additional pay.
There are 25 non-union employees in the auditor’s office including eight employees who work in the data processing department.
In the Greene County Treasurer’s Office, which employs four full-time and five part-time employees, each worker will receive the 2 percent pay increase.
Gould said a pay increase for his employees was not included in the budget and would not have been able to afford it without the funds from the commissioners.
“In light of how the past five years have been, it’s not substantial, but it lets the employees know they’re valued,” said Gould, the county treasurer.
Non-union employees in the Greene County Sheriff’s Office will also receive a 2 percent increase, said Gene Fischer, the county sheriff.
The office has about 128 employees and most, an estimated 118, are represented by a labor organization. Sheriff’s office union employees received a 2 percent increase earlier this year as a result of labor negotiations.
In the past, when the office has not been able to afford a pay increase, employees have received a lump sum bonus closer to the end of the year, Fischer said.
“The 2 percent (increase) is what the commissioners gave and all my employees have received that,” Fischer said.
This year will mark the third consecutive year commissioners have voted to give employees a pay increase, according to information from the county personnel department. Non-union employees received a 3 percent pay increase in 2008 before going two years without a pay raise. However in 2010, employees were given a 1.5% percent lump sum supplement.
Non-union employees were given a 2 percent increase in 2011 and 2012.
The commission vote on the pay increase came after it analyzed county revenues.
“The revenue is at the level that we anticipated it to be,” Poston said. “Given the estimate held true, they’re (the commissioners) able to provide raises for their employees.”
Annual salary for top paid Greene County employees*
1 John La’Rock, Developmental Disablity Services, Superintendent, $136,572.80
2 Howard Poston, Board of Commissioners, County Administrator, $132,662.40
3 Katherine Reese, Developmental Disablity Services, Speech Therapist, $108,097.60
4 Mary Gallant, Developmental Disablity Services, Speech Therapist, 104,520.00
5 Arthur Sidell, Public Defender’s Office, Assistant Public Defender, $101,192.00
6 Diana Holderman, Developmental Disability Services, Behavioral Support Manager, $101,192.00
7 Suzanne Schmidt, Prosecutor’s Office, First Assistant Prosecutor, $95,992.00
8 Ronald Volkerding, Sanitary Engineering Department, Director, $95,472.00
9 Michael Brown, Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy, $91,728.00
10 Bruce May, Board of Commissioners, Manager, $91,624.00
*Analysis does not include salaries for elected officials.