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Jefferson Co. Commission OKs raises for some county workers

August 08, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- After struggling with the issue in recent weeks, the Jefferson County Commission on Thursday moved ahead on pay raises for some county employees.

The commissioners unanimously voted to spend $146,000 to increase the pay of 26 county workers up to a minimum level outlined in a recent wage study conducted for the county.

The wage study examined pay for county employees in surrounding areas and pay inequities among the local workers.

Commissioner Rusty Morgan said it is hard to say what the average increase was since wages vary.

Twelve other employees previously received pay hikes, Morgan said.

The raises went to employees who come under the control of the county commission.

The next step is to consider if employees in offices of other elected officials should receive raises according to recommendations in the wage study.

Salaries for some county employees are as low as $21,500 and there have been attempts to boost pay, although commission members disagreed over how it should be accomplished.

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-- Dave McMillion

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