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December 11, 2012

Some Payne County raises remain in limbo

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Payne County Budget Board tabled a decision to extend a 5 percent pay raise to employees who have worked for the county less than two years.

The sheriff’s department has actively sought to negotiate the 5 percent raise for all employees.

Sheriff R.B. Hauf said he has eight employees who have worked for his department less than two years. Raises in the past have been across the board.

Hauf said having pay raises apply to newer employees would help make initial hiring more attractive, allowing him to hire more experienced deputies and other employees.

Sheriff’s Department Capt. Kevin Woodward, who was at the meeting but not on the board, said the pay scale for the sheriff’s department has always been different than the rest of the county, because of night shift and other demands special to the department.

County Treasurer and board Vice Chairman Bonita Stadler said in the past, giving raises has been left up to the elected official in charge of the department.

Stadler said she didn’t recall anyone objecting to the salary plan when it went into effect in late October.

Stadler said county officials agreed people who had worked less than two years shouldn’t get the pay raise, because there already was a sizable pay increase for   employees after their first year of employment.

Stadler said for one level of employee, level 23, the pay raise after a year on the job is $548 a month.

Considering new employees already had a jump in pay after a year, most of the board agreed pay raises should start after an employee has worked for two years, she said.

“Nobody’s trying to be unfair to anyone,” Stadler said. “Fairness is what we’re looking for.”


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