Health commissioner gets 15% raise, but no contract
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
Saturday, 02 March 2013 08:59
The Wood County Health Department's commissioner's job is secured, but she didn't get the three-year contract extension that was planned at the February board meeting.
After a 90-minute executive session, the board approved Pam Butler at an "at-will" employee, being paid $90,000 each year,
The contract was signed by the board, and was forwarded to the county prosecutor's office for final approval, according to Pat Snyder, health education information and communications manager.
"A contract for her is just symbolic," said Fleming Fallon, chairman of the board.
The pay increase amounts to $12,008 more each year, or about 15 percent.
She was given a $1,267 pay increase in November, taking her salary to $77,992, according to Bill Ault, director of administration. Other administrators also were given pay hikes at that time.
Prior to that, Butler last was offered a pay increase in March 2010, but asked the board to rescind it two months later. That raise was $1,587, but her request kept her salary at $76,725.
When the board offered her and other administrators raises in March 2010, they came just a couple hours after health department officials asked for more funding from local townships and municipalities due to dire finances at the health department.
The department also had a levy request on the ballot in November 2010. It passed.
Butler was given this most recent raise "because she has not had a raise in a number of years and to recognize the work she has done for the agency," Fallon said. Also, it was to bring her pay in line with other health commissioners in the region.
"She has saved a fair amount of money for the agency and she's out there doing a good job for the people of Wood County," Fallon said.
The vote was not unanimous, with board member Richard Strow abstaining. The other six members at the meeting voted in favor.
Member Dallas Ziegler was absent.
At the meeting, Fallon also outlined a number of goals for the agency to strive for.
He claimed the first two ¬≠- teamwork and customer service - and said employees came up with the remaining three. They are consistency, communication, and decreasing negativity and boosting morale.
"They all go together," Fallon said about the list.
The board also recognized Jill Bixler for her service to the board from 2009 to 2012.
She was "a very calming voice when things got a little heated," said Butler.
"It was wonderful being on the board," said Bixler.
The board also honored Sue Christiansen "for dedication and your sense of accuracy," said Butler.
She has served the department for 35 years.