CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Salaries for county employees became a sore spot Thursday at a meeting of the Jefferson County Commission.
Some salaries for county employees are as low as $21,500 and the commission has been debating how to increase salaries.
Jefferson County Circuit Clerk Patsy Noland had a surplus of $41,657 in her budget and she asked the commission for permission to use the money to increase salaries in her department.
The effort failed and Noland, obviously tense, told the commission she was not giving up.
Commissioner Rusty Morgan told Noland the commission is working on the issue.
Later in the meeting, Commissioner Dale Manuel proposed a 5 percent pay raise for all county employees.
Pay equity has been another concern, and Manuel said some workers have received raises up to $4,000 recently.
Manuel's proposal also failed.
Commissioner Greg Corliss later proposed that Tony Redman, director of the county's planning and zoning departments, have his salary increased to $90,000 to compensate him for taking on other jobs in the department after he was hired to do only one.