Board will pay $326K for staff salary study
by Jon Gillooly
April 23, 2014 04:00 AM | 3357 views | 5 5 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The Board of Commissioners has agreed to pay $326,420 for a consultant to review the salaries and responsibilities of county employees to determine whether their pay is competitive with surrounding governments.

Commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to hire The Archer Company, a Rock Hill, S.C.-based firm, to carry out the study, which is expected to take a year.

Because the last such study was performed in 2006, county Chairman Tim Lee said the new study may find pay adjustments need to be as much as a $2 million increase. Yet those are adjustments Lee said he is willing to make for the county’s 4,500 full-time and 1,200 part-time employees.

“Yeah, I’m prepared to move forward with the recommendation,” Lee said. “You want to keep quality people. The best way to provide the best services that folks come to expect at the best possible rate is to make sure you have quality employees. The best way to have quality employees is to

make sure you have a competitive package and recruit the best, which I think we do. We just need to reward those (employees) for a fair day’s work with a fair day’s pay.”

Commissioner JoAnn Birrell said both the 2011 Citizens Oversight Committee, chaired by Brett McClung of northeast Cobb, and the county’s 2012 Compensation Committee, chaired by Lee, recommended paying for the study.

Tony Hagler, the county’s human resources director, has said he didn’t have the staff to carry out the task.

“It has been way over our five-year mark of doing a study for compensation,” Birrell said. “I think it’s important that we look at our departments and employees and see where we are in comparison with the market and with other jurisdictions and pay them appropriately and accordingly.”

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Well ok then
April 23, 2014
I did a google search online. I need a TEN thousand dollar raise based on the free market here in the metro Atlanta area. Are you serious? You clowns really want them to conduct a study that way? The last study said a significant raise was due and the employees didn't get a raise because the private sector went bust. They have only had one raise in 6 years and are always vastly underpaid compared to the free market, but lower wages provides stability and it is a tradeoff they accept. I bet if I asked you to decide if you need a raise and how much you happily throw out a number also.
Be Careful
April 23, 2014
Complete and total WASTE of money.

Any qualified human resources manager SHOULD have the skills needed to do exactly the same thing.

If the HR department can't do it, then that's where you start if you want to save some money and sack all of them cause they can't do their job.
April 23, 2014
Totally agree with "Be Careful". Tim Lee loves to just throw our tax dollars out the window on whatever. You don't need a $300,000 study to decide if salaries are in line. Your staff can do that research on-line.
April 23, 2014
Yes, an HR manager could do that, but this is government and heaven forbid a person makes a decision. Using a third party allows blame to be placed at a future time
On The Surface
April 24, 2014
I would agree with Be Careful - However, having worked in this arena for along time I know too well that if they came back and stated the salaries would be adjusted (upward) for one or more departments based on an internal review, another large group would be screaming about how underhanded the County is being and "why didn't they use an outside expert?"
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