I am writing you as a member of the compensation committee, which was formed in January 2012 by a recommendation from the citizens’ oversight committee. The charge of the compensation committee is to make sure that Cobb County government has the best compensation plan and strategy for recruiting and retaining the best and most qualified employees.
Our mission is to make appropriate recommendations to the Board of Commissioners. We don’t want our county to be the training system for our neighboring counties by not having a competitive compensation plan.
We have lost many highly qualified and skilled employees because we don’t have a competitive salary for retaining these professionals. And once those employees are gone, they are unlikely to return to Cobb County.
Fair pay for fair work is the best way to retain quality employees. By having highly skilled and trained employees, our citizens can continue to live in one of the best and most efficient counties in our state and country.
The work of county professionals is what brings projects like the new Braves Stadium, a deal that will bring hundreds of millions of dollars of associated development and jobs to Cobb County.
Fair compensation is an issue our committee spent a year reviewing. In addition, we recommended in November that employee classifications need to be examined to ensure that they are appropriate for their job duties and functions.