|Board approves $16,000 for health department raises|
|Written by Sentinel Staff|
|Wednesday, 14 August 2013 20:47|
Some discussion but no contention surrounded a plan to give raises to managers at Wood County Health District that was unanimously approved Wednesday.
The union representing about 45 employees previously expressed opposition to the proposal to pool $16,000 for those raises this year, citing understaffing at the health department.
The approved raises, to be awarded to a dozen managers at the discretion of Health Commissioner Pam Butler, represent a 2 percent increase to management payroll.
No one spoke against the matter during the meeting Wednesday; however, several health district employees present visibly disagreed with 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 them 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.
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