Supervisors Ok $89,000 Salary Study

Human resources firm to compare county salaries to similar positions

Gila County Building in Payson

Gila County Building in Payson Photo by Andy Towle. |

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The Gila County Board of Supervisors included $500,000 in the 2012-2013 budget for a classification and compensation study to pay a consultant to review county positions and make recommendations to ensure the people with similar jobs and time on the job get paid fairly — both when compared to other departments and to private sector jobs with comparable skills.

“It is about positions, not people,” McDaniel said at the time the proposal for the expenditure was presented a little less than a year ago.

The board took another step on the study May 14 when it approved an $89,000 contract with Ulibarri-Mason Global HR, LP, based upon the unanimous recommendation from its Consultant Selection Committee.

The firm was founded in 2004 and has consultants with more than 17 years of experience in compensation studies. Six firms submitted proposals for the contract and the committee interviewed Waters Consultant Group and Fox Lawson and Associates in addition to Ulibarri-Mason Global HR, LP.

The balance of the $500,000 budgeted will implement the study findings, explained Gila County District One Supervisor Tommie Martin. That could mean the creation of new positions and/or raises.

The consultants will be looking at the 650-plus positions in both the executive and judicial branches of Gila County government before Dec. 31, 2013. The contract does contain a provision for additional services for an additional fee, subject to prior written approval by the board of supervisors.

The county wants to use an open, transparent method to establish a fair classification and compensation structure. The supervisors hope overhauling the job descriptions and salary schedule will help attract, motivate and retain quality employees.

Comments

Robbin Flowers 1 year, 6 months ago

Wow, I would could do the study for $10 bucks, this is so insane, I might have to scream!

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Robbin Flowers 1 year, 6 months ago

Now I am upset, that is a very hard to accomplish with me, and it won't last long because I won't allow it, but @#$%^&#$%^&$%^&!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I spent so many years in the trenches, you have no idea of the horrors, I have seen. I survived. One of the notches in my curriculum vitae was spent as a consultant for the State of Arizona. It only took me one year as a salaried employee to accomplish the goal that I was hired to do. I wrote policies and procedures, job descriptions, practice guidelines, provided staff training and taught planning methodologies to the state employees among many other tasks. It only cost the state my salary for the year. But, as a reward for that salary, the state was able to re-obtain funding that they had lost due to poor performance. I actually saved the tax payers a fortune. I really am astounded, almost dumbfounded, at the gross misconduct here!

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Robbin Flowers 1 year, 6 months ago

One more thing, I did all this while I was pregnant with my son, and I took a whole 4 weeks of to recover from a c-sect, and I pumped my breasts for milk during breaks (talk about feeling like a cow, moooooo!)

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Robbin Flowers 1 year, 6 months ago

I don't mean to get carried away, but I just love that people need to have "compensation studies." In my house we have a budget and we don't need to hire a team of consultants to figure that one out! What this actually means is: lets study and figure out how to screw the citizens as much as possible. Let me demonstrate how difficult it is to define a position/job (they should already have this information, and it is quite PATHETIC that they don't.) You walk up to your employee and you give them a piece of paper and you ask them, what do you do? Have them write it down on paper. Then you take that piece of paper and type that info into a computer (they do have those don't they)? Then you meet with the big boys and massage it out. Takes a whole few hours. Then you call up your sister city and information share. Look up salaries of other cities on the internet (they do have the internet, right?) Then - presto, bango there it is, "no fuss and no muss."

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Robbin Flowers 1 year, 6 months ago

Well, this is me being upset! So, I'm sorry about the following words, but I damn well mean them! So, here goes more - blaa, blaa, blaa, mooo, crap!

That is our money, that they took from us and our children! I cannot believe that money is going to a hand full of "consultants" instead of our children and schools! #$%^&#$%^!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! with love

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