In its ongoing quest for equitable pay for Grimes County employees, Commissioners held another marathon session, guided by the chair of the salary and compensation committee who observed some of the positions were well off-base, on the low end.
But, Joe Fauth said, surprisingly we were competitive in other areas. He said he thinks that says a lot for employee retention, because there hasn’t been a lot of turnover. The biggest area of employee hemorage, Fauth told the court, was in Road and Bridge, where some salaries were two to three dollars too low.
He said they reviewed the data “really hard,” applauding the new Road and Bridge Engineer, who, he said, came out and visited as they went through all the information even before he had officially started his new job.
And though there’s still a ways to go, Fauth said some adjustment money is already available in the current budget, so even if there’s a step still to go, it’s not an insurmountable step.
Then, after three hours of cussin and discussin, all concerned positions in both Road and Bridge and the District Clerk’s Office were reassigned to new pay levels, leaving only the Juvenile Probation Officer’s compensation unsettled. That’ll now go back to the salary committee, then come back before commissioners at a later date.