Some Jefferson County Workers To See Pay Increases

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — The Jefferson County Salary Board met Tuesday morning and some county workers, as well as the Commissioners, will see pay increases.

The Salary Board – which is made up of commissioners Jack Matson, Jeff Pisarcik, and Herb Bullers, Jr., and county Treasurer James VanSteenberg – voted to increase pay for all elected county officials by 1.908 percent.

The increase will take place January 1, 2017.

Also, the Board approved a $.50 per hour increase for all full-time, non-union employees for 2017.

For the mileage reimbursement rate, there was no change in the $.50-per mile rate.

Also, there was no increase for the per diem employees with their rate remaining at $8.75 per hour.

ROW Office Solicitor rates also remained at 2016 levels, $2,000 per year.

The Board voted to eliminate the Second Field Assessor position in the Assessment/Tax Claim Office. Matson remarked that it is a position that the county has not had for a number of years.

The Board approved re-establishing the position of Clerk/Typist II in the  Assessment/Tax Claim Office at a starting rate of $9.75 per hour beginning January 1.

Also, the position of Fiscal Assistant will be eliminated March 1, 2017, and the position of Fiscal/Human Resources Assistant will be created effective January 1 with a starting pay rate of $12 per hour.

In the county’s Emergency Management office, the position of Clerk Typist II was eliminated and the position of Administrative Assistant was created with a starting pay rate of $10 per hour, effective January 1.

The Board also made some changes regarding call out rates for Deputy Coroners. The previous rate was on-call at $50 per day. It will now be $100 per actual call out.

The Probation Management on-call rate increased from $195 per week to $225.

Also, tax collectors in the county received an increase of $.30 per item up to $2.20 an item. Matson said the last increase was in 2008.

The board also voted to set the annual salary of the county solicitor at $30,000 and approved a $.50 increase in the base wage for a number of positions, including Deputy Warden, Jail Records Coordinator, IT Technician, Director of Assessment, Director of Human Resources, Voter Registrar/Assistant Chief Clerk and Director of GIS.

Pisarcik voted no on those pay increases.

For the Jefferson County Jail, the Board approved creating one additional full-time corrections officer position effective January 1, 2017.

Pisarcik also voted against it.

The Board unanimously approved hiring four additional full-time corrections officers at the county Jail, effective June 1, 2017.

Pisarcik explained his voting on the corrections officer positions, saying “We’re down 40 inmates right now, we really shouldn’t need another guard but that when the jail project is complete, we will need more officers.”

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