Magistrates to look at county pay scale


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



The county will soon revisit what it pays its employees. The fiscal court was recently made aware there are some department’s employees who receive a great deal less for what they do then some in the same positions in area counties.

According to Ginger Lawrence, director of the county’s emergency communications center, her dispatchers are paid approximately $3 less than others in neighboring counties. Because of this, she is finding it hard to retain trained employees.

A committee made up of magistrates reviewed and made changes to the county pay scale a few years ago. There were some who needed to be brought up in pay, to keep new hires from starting out at what was being given to some who had been working for the county for years. This same committee will reconvene and look at the pay scales again, comparing them to area counties of size.

Logan County Jailer Phil Gregory said his deputies should be making more as well. He said it was hard to make a living being paid a little over $9 an hour.

“I’d like to see the county look at the pay scale again,” said Gregory. “We need a comparison of other counties.”

Magistrate Jack Crossley agreed. “It’s time we start looking at it again. We said we would do this every two years and it’s been about that.”

Magistrate Barry Joe Wright said the county also needed to look into insurance plans and find the best plans they can get.

Clerk Scotty Harper thinks there is always room for improvement, but still feels the county offers a good benefits package and there is more than one element to the equation.

The process is expected to take some time. Judge Executive Logan Chick says a full study will have to be done before any decisions are made.

Magistrate Dickie Carter made a motion to start the study with magistrate Jo Orange seconding his motion. The vote was unanimous.

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By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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