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Jefferson Co. Commissioners consider CFO, human resources director

4-1 vote for County Administrator Tim Boyde to look into adding both positions

January 20, 2011|By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A motion introduced Thursday by Jefferson County Commissioner Dale Manuel got his four colleagues thinking about adding a chief financial officer and human resources director to the county's payroll.

If two new employees are hired for the posts, their combined salaries could reach $117,000 a year, plus benefits.

The commissioners voted 4-1 to have County Administrator Tim Boyde look into adding both positions and report back to the board in time for the members to make a decision before deliberations begin on next year's budget.

Commissioner Frances Morgan opposed both positions based on budget considerations.

Both employees, if hired, would work under Boyde's supervision.

"We're growing," Manuel said in submitting his motion. "We need one person to be in charge of all the county's finances."

His original motion called for one person to hold both finance and human resources responsibilities. He amended it when several commissioners suggested there be two separate positions.

Commissioner Lyn Widmyer favored both positions.

"We need more effective, efficient government," she said.

Commissioners President Patsy Noland said Kanawha and Berkeley counties have chief financial officers on their staffs. She opposed adding a human resource director.

"We already have one in Mr. Boyde," she said.

"We absolutely need one," said Commissioner Walter Pellish of the chief financial officer position. "Our size and expenditures warrant it."

He wants Boyde to draft a job description and hiring specifications.

Pellish supports hiring a separate human resources director.

"We need someone who knows the law, benefits and training, someone an employee can go to with confidence. A chief financial officer can't do both."

Pellish said the two positions would add to the budget, but would also stop the county from spending money defending lawsuits and paying for outside studies.

Boyde said after the meeting that a chief financial officer could be a grade 6 salary range, or about $66,000 a year, plus benefits.

A human relations director could have a grade 5 salary range, or about $51,000 a year, plus benefits, he said.

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