Health dept. management to get raises
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer
Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:08
Some discussion but no contention surrounded a plan unanimously approved Wednesday to give raises to managers at Wood County Health District.
The raises, to be awarded to a dozen managers at the discretion of Health Commissioner Pam Butler, represent an approximate 2 percent increase to management payroll. Pay raises will be based on performance and whether an employee met their yearly goals.
Citing understaffing at the health department, a union representing about 45 non-management workers previously opposed the plan to grant raises for bosses.
No one spoke against the matter during the meeting Wednesday; however, several health district employees shook their heads in disagreement following a statement by Butler that only one position remains vacant.
More debate actually surrounded a suggestion by board of health President Fleming Fallon that the group pass a resolution formally approving of Butler teaching an evening course at Bowling Green State University.
Board member DJ Mears suggested the possibility of reducing Butler's salary with her taking on an additional role outside the health district, citing such a policy that exists for county engineers.
Bill Ault, director of administration, said that practice wasn't a proper comparison, as it reduces engineers' salaries due to the conflict of interests associated with their earning additional income by operating private firms.
Board member Frank McLaughlin said he believed that as long as Butler continued to meet her obligations as health commissioner, the board had no business weighing in on any additional responsibilities she takes on outside of work.
The motion passed, with Mears and Dallas Ziegler voting in opposition.
The group also discussed several employee promotions prompted by workers being trained in other areas or taking on additional responsibilities.
Board member Richard Strow was fine with two of three promotions but suggested another should not be approved until the employee actually began their expanded training and job duties.
All voted to approve promoting Sarah Hopple and Karen King to account clerk IV, while Strow and Ziegler voted against promotion of Kathy Klauber to clinic services assistant III.
The board also approved:
• Policies regarding medication room orientation and display of a terminal distributor license. The policies were already in practice but needed to be rephrased to include the health district's Community Health and Wellness Center, according to Ben Batey, director of nursing.
• Extending a contract with Eastman and Smith through Oct. 31. The contract expired June 30 and the extension requires no additional funding.
• Hiring Lana Glore, sanitarian.
• An estimated $700 in out-of-state travel for Katie Barricklow to attend a family and sports medicine presentation Oct. 2-4 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
• $19,750 in amended appropriations for 2013.