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.