- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—The Curry County Commission may approve pay increases for employees and elected officials.

Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. today at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex.

If all proposed pay increases are approved, it could cost the county up to $237,410 annually, County Manager Lance Pyle said.

Also on the agenda is a presentation from Dyron Murphy Architects on renovation plans for the county jail.

County Manager Lance Pyle said the cost-of-living pay for county employees would increase 2.75 percent, should the commission approve the proposal.

In addition, county employees could also see an increase based on how long they’ve worked for the county.

“This is a percentage based on that,” Pyle said, “where they fall as of Aug. 16, 2015. So how many months (they’ve worked for the county) as of Aug. 16 is how that would be based.”

Pyle said the longevity increase would kick in after employees have worked at least 60 months for the county. If an employee has worked 60 to 120 months for the county, they get a certain percentage increase. If they have worked more than 120 months for the county as of Aug. 16, the percentage increases.

According to the resolution, the longevity increase starts at 1 percent for employees who have worked between 60 and 120 months for the county. For employees that have worked between 120 and 180 months, the longevity pay increases to 1.5 percent. Employees who have worked between 180 and 240 months for the county would receive a 2 percent pay increase, and employees who have worked more than 240 months for the county would receive 2.5 percent.

“The county must maintain competitive pay in order to recruit and maintain personnel,” Pyle said. “We have outstanding employees, and the longevity increase is a way to reward them for their service and loyalty to the county.”

Pyle said both the cost of living increase and longevity pay would begin on Aug. 16 should the commission approve the resolution.

Elected county officials, Pyle said, would receive a 4 percent increase if they are re-elected and take office on Jan. 1. If an official is not re-elected, their successor would receive the 4 percent wage increase. No sitting elected county official would be eligible for the pay increase, he said.

Other agenda items are as follows:

— Discussion and request approval of resolution No. 2015-33 certifying the content of fiscal year 2015 fourth quarter financial report, Carol A. Pipes.

— Discussion and request approval of resolution No. 2015-34 final budget fiscal year 2015 through 2016, Lance Pyle.

— Discussion and request action on resolution No. 2015-36 establishing cost of living increase and longevity award for county employees, Pyle.

— Discussion and request action on resolution No. 2015-35 increasing the salaries of elected officials in Curry County, Pyle.

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