Commissioners recommend raise for county employees

February 27, 2001

Commissioners recommend raise for county employees


Washington County's 644 employees would get an average of about $24 more a week starting July 1 under a proposed 3 percent pay raise recommended to the County Commissioners Tuesday by Human Resources Director Alan J. Davis.

The 3 percent pay hike was promised to county union employees last summer. It is also the same increase given to county employees for the present fiscal year, Davis said.

The commissioners took no action on the proposal, but will consider it later in the budget process.

The increase will cost the county about $616,000 in direct costs, Davis said. When other factors are included, the total cost will be $770,000, Davis said. The increase would take effect July 1, the beginning of the 2002 fiscal year.


The rate will increase the average employees salary by about $1,242 per year, said Davis, who discussed the proposed pay hike during a three-hour presentation to the commissioners.

In fiscal year 2000, all employees received about an 8 percent pay raise in addition to a pension contribution ranging from $750 to $1,250.

In the current fiscal year, patrol and judicial uniformed employees received an 8 percent raise. Nonuniform employees assigned to the Correctional Division of the Sheriff's Department were given pay increases averaging 3.5 percent.

All other employees received a 3 percent raise.

In July 2000, the County Commissioners approved a three-year contract with the county's approximately 90 union members that included a 3 percent raise in each year of the agreement. That contract expires June 30, 2003.

The rest of the county's 640 employees do not get automatic pay raises. Instead, the County Commissioners decide during the annual budget process whether to give employees a pay increase.

Under the agreement, if raises for other employees exceed 3 percent, the union members get the higher rate.

There were $349,398 worth of requests for new positions but Davis suggested rejecting most of them.

As part of his report, Davis included a 10-year analysis of county staffing.

It shows the total number of employees increased from 765 to 853. But 70 of those positions resulted from the elimination of the Washington County Sanitary District. The number includes 619 full-time employees and 234 part-time workers.

The number of employees reached 964 in 1998, according to county documents. But the number dropped to 917 in 1999 before dropping still further in 2000, the documents said.

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