The Starke County Council is looking for ways to level the playing field when it comes to county employee compensation. They want to address the inequity that arises when a new hire comes in making as much as an employee who has been with the county in the same position for several years.
They’re still trying to decide the best way to set salary ranges that take longevity and merit into consideration. Compensation is outlined in the annual salary ordinance, which is passed as part of the budget process
The council and commissioners discussed the matter at length Monday night. All agree something needs to be done and that department heads need to offer input as to how the employees they supervise will move up the pay scale. No firm decisions have been made yet.