Stillwater News Press

January 20, 2013

Payne County board to vote on first deputy position

By John Filonow
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Payne County commissioners will vote on designating Tammy Mathis a first deputy for District 2 County Commissioner Chris Reding Tuesday.

Mathis started Jan. 2 and had not worked for the county before. The first deputy is responsible for producing meeting agendas and is authorized to act in the commissioner’s place if he is absent, Reding said.

Reding said former District 2 Commissioner Gloria Hesser, who retired in December, had terminated her first deputy on Dec. 31. He appointed the first deputy position because he is not required by law to advertise the position, Reding said.

“From my understanding, the deputy position, no,” Reding said.

At the Jan. 14 Payne County Budget Board meeting, Reding asked the board to approve a part-time office assistant to work along with the first deputy.

The board unanimously approved the new employee.

The part-time employee will help the first deputy do research, answer phones and do other clerical work, Reding said. He is still learning the job, and could use more help, he said.

“At this point, we’re coming in pretty blind,” Reding said.

Reding said the part-time secretary will work approximately 20 hours a week. The money for the employee’s salary is already in the budget because of the pay differential between Mathis’ salary and the former first deputy’s salary.

Reding said his first deputy is paid $30,000 a year before taxes. The previous first deputy earned $38,801 a year, according to information supplied by the County Clerk’s office.

The former first deputy had worked for the county for six years. Payne County employees have different pay designations depending on how long they have worked for the county, County Clerk Glenna Craig said.

The categories are zero to 2 years, 2 to 10 years and 10 or more years.

Reding advertised for the part-time position on Monster.com and in the NewsPress on Jan. 16 and Jan. 20. The new position will pay $10 to $12 an hour, Reding said.