Monroe County is comparing itself to other government bodies to find out how much County employees should be paid. The County Council has approved a letter of engagement with a company that will perform the salary review. The firm, Waggoner, Irwin, Scheele and Associates, will study of salaries and benefits paid to staff by comparable government bodies. During discussion on the resolution, Council member Geoff McKim said the study has been needed for some time.
“We have a lot to do on our salary structure” Mckim explains. “One of the first steps in moving forward is that we need to get an external calibration system on the salaries”.
Council member Lee Jones suggested the County is underpaying at least some of its employees. But she warned it might be difficult to correct the issue.
“I agree that just because we may discover we are severely underpaying people it doesn’t necessarily mean that we will that we will be able to pay them what they deserve” Lee Jones’s responds.
The salary study will take 4 to 5 months, according to the letter approved by the Council. The County will pay the researchers between forty-five and a hundred twenty-five dollars per hour for their work.