Tags:In a guest post on the Scrutiny Hooligans blog, Commissioner Holly Jones assails longevity bonuses and other county-employee salary excesses:
Buncombe County employs 1420 employees. These 1420 individuals are some of the most hardworking, innovative, compassionate professionals working in any county government around the country. Such professionals deserve to be fairly compensated for their excellent service. Furthermore, strong compensation packages are good business in terms of retaining strong staff and being able to compete for the best talent.
The dance of any government employer is to be competitive in the job market and fair to employees while remembering who ultimately funds the paychecks, the taxpaying citizens, not local government officials. Such stewardship requires a delicate balance between determining appropriate compensation that attracts a quality workforce while not being out of step with comparable markets and our community.
This is why the Board of County Commissioners directed staff in the June adoption of the 2011-12 budget to do a compensation study to determine how Buncombe County was doing in this dance.
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