Thursday, October 13, 2005
conducts interviews for clerk
The Holly Springs Board of Aldermen and Mayor Andre DeBerry began this week to interview prospects for the position of city clerk. The position has been vacant three months since the retirement of city clerk Sandra Young.
DeBerry said 30 applications were received for the position, which is now by appointment with Young the last clerk to run for and be elected to the position.
He said eight of the applicants will be selected to interview with aldermen.
Aldermen could vote on an applicant for the clerk position at the October 18 board meeting, DeBerry said.
Aldermen and the mayor discussed pay rates, job duties and a system to be used for recommendation of raises for city employees following a request by alderman Tim Liddy, who said the matter should be laid down in the next few months.
DeBerry said the salary ranges for positions and criteria for performance should be taken up as separate issues.
Alderman Russell Johnson seemed to ask for objective criteria for measuring employees performance to avoid favoritism - what he termed the human being - in giving raises or promotions.
We are trying to take out the human part, DeBerry said. A department head comes to me and asks for a three or four percent increase and he then makes a case for (salary) adjustment for a person. Thats human.
He said there will continue to be participation by department heads in the decisions on raises and a check-off list to make the process more objective could be implemented.
The information would be given to the board to help in decision making and in justifying raises, he said.
Johnson provided an example of a private business that offers a bonus to an individual based on sales performance and the method used to increase teachers pay.
DeBerry said teachers salaries are based on the level of certification, among other factors.
Yes, said Johnson, adding that he does not think a policemans starting salary should pay the same as an entry level street department employee.
DeBerry said entry level salaries should be addressed first because entry level puts a natural cap on salaries.
Merit raises are based on recommendations from department heads, he said.
If a department head makes a recommendation it is merit pay, said Johnson. He voiced opposition to merit pay saying measurable factors such as attendance and being on time to work should be considered.
Liddy argued that one persons opinion, such as a department heads recommendation, should not be the sole basis for giving a raise.
That way the buddy system might not come into play, he said.
The whole purpose behind my request is I dont think it fair for an employee who plays by the rules to get the same raise as one who does not, DeBerry said. I think all of us are human and we make human mistakes and judgements.
(Thats) merit pay, Johnson insisted.
At least it gives us a starting point, DeBerry said.
We need to look at our salary schedule and performance-based criteria, Johnson said.
Liddy said it will take months to sort out a salary schedule and system for giving raises.
Thats why I brought it up now, he said.
Following that discussion Johnson complained of being blind sided by the mayor.
He alleged that some aldermen know things before board meetings that he is not told.
Im very serious about these department people, he continued. If they come to one of us, they should come to all of us. Im getting tired of being blind sided. I dont appreciate it.
In other business, the board heard department reports:
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