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Does Eagle County need to pay more?

Chris Outcalt
coutcalt@vaildaily.com
Eagle County, CO Colorado

Who they’ve talked to: Rick Smith, president of Smith Advisors, a consulting firm the county hired to study its wages.

What’s happening: Some longtime county employees might be underpaid and Smith plans to spend the next few weeks determining whether that’s the case.

A group made up of county employees recently identified a wage problem among county staff. Market-driven wage increases have left some longtime county employees making less than recently hired staff, officials said. The group suggested it would take $2 million to fix the problem.



The county commissioners decided to hire Smith to get another opinion on the salary problem.

“There’s a sense that there may be some internal inequities but until you validate it you really don’t know,” Smith said. “Even if people have a perception that there is an inequity there may not be.”



County officials are providing Smith salary and employment information for every county employee so he can review the numbers.

“In order to do that you have to do it by grade ” like jobs to like jobs,” Smith said. “That way we can tell if there is any internal inequity.”

What’s next? Smith will present the results of his study to the County in the next few weeks.



Who they’ve talked to: Rick Smith, president of Smith Advisors, a consulting firm the county hired to help fill the two positions.

What’s happening: The search for a new human resources director is on.

County officials decided on a job description for the human resources director position and plan to start the search for someone today. Visit http://www.eaglecounty.us to read the job description.

The county is still working on a job description for the county manager and hasn’t advertised the position yet. But there isn’t any rush, Smith said.

“Given the strength of the departments there is not an enormous rush at this point to back fill the positions,” Smith said.


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