Survey looks at county salaries

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By SCOTT PESZNECKER

About half of Calaveras County's employees are paid more than their counterparts in similar-sized counties, while half receive less pay.

That is according to a report prepared by HDC & Associates, Human Resources Consulting, with offices in the Bay Area and in Sutter Creek. It compared Calaveras County with Tuolumne, Amador, Nevada, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba counties.

The report figured monthly salaries and benefit packages to calculate the total compensations for each position.

In a survey of 43 county positions including department heads and staff the study found that in Calaveras County, 21 positions earn more than the median pay of the seven studied counties. The other 22 positions receive less than the median pay.

The median is the middle range pay for positions based on figures from the seven counties.

The report recommends incremental pay raises to county employees who receive less than the seven-county median pay for their position.

For those making more than the median pay, the report suggests freezing or cutting back wage increases until salaries paid for similar positions in the other counties surveyed catch up.

Calaveras supervisors got their first look at the report during a Monday morning study session and will continue the review in a study session set for Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.

Francine Osborn, county director of human resources and risk management, said supervisors wanted more time to study the report before taking any action.

"The board doesn't think everyone who was recommended for a pay raise in the report should get a raise," said Osborn. She said supervisors wanted to consider job performance in deciding about wage increases.

"If the board adopts the recommendations, it will bring all those groups up to parity," Osborn said. "You always need to review these jobs to make sure people are being paid right."

Calaveras County last evaluated its compensation packages a decade ago.

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