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County to Undergo Pay Study

By Staff | May 21, 2015

The county is looking for ways to adjust compensating its employees.

At a special meeting Tuesday, the Pierce County Board of County Commissioners met with Galen Cariveau, of Grand Forks-based Cariveau Workforce Services, who showed the board two options for employees, including dispatchers at the Law Enforcement Center and corrections officers at the Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center.

Using data from the Lake Region as well as Barnes, Richland and Walsh counties as a baseline market, Cariveau showed the board that Pierce County had two different rates of pay for first-time corrections officers and dispatchers. For corrections officers, the market for first-timers is $31,921, and while some were making $31,200, or 98 percent of the market, four officers made $33,280, or 104 percent of the market, and one officer made $35,360, or 111 percent. For dispatchers, one employee made $29,786, while some in a third step (based on years employed) made $29,120.

Cariveau is expected to do Dispatcher 1 and Corrections Officer 1 studies for part-time employees, as well as Dispatcher 2 and Corrections Officer 2 studies for full-time employees. The studies will determine whether to put in place an average system or a scale system, which would include cost of living based on figures from cities with a population of 50,000 or less.

The board expects to see the results of the study by the end of July, when the county’s 2016 budget will be in the planning stages.

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