Committee looks at 2014 and beyond
2014 and beyond was the theme of the Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee meeting Monday, as topics discussed included the jail report, staffing concerns and employee benefits.
A majority of the agenda consisted of departments asking for new position or increased hours requests for 2014.
The ones that were approved were the hiring of a full-time civilian secretary for the sheriff’s department to staff the traffic/registration window. Sheriff Nancy Hove said the request was done in anticipation of the retirement of a deputy. The deputy position could be used elsewhere.
Other positions included an increase of five hours per week for a public health nurse and nutritionist, the addition of a mental health therapist (Supervisors Jerry Kosin and Jeff Holst voted no), an economic support specialist (Supervisor Mel Pittman voted no), a social worker who works with residents in the courts and an increase to 40 hours a week for the Victim/Witness Coordinator.
The approvals were based upon funding for 2014. If there’s no funding, these positions won’t be approved. It was said during the meeting that, by October, the departments involved will have their final answer.
With much thanks and appreciation, the committee accepted the approval of the Ad Hoc Jail Committee’s final report and recommendations. The report now goes to the building and law enforcement committee to be studied and discussed. The ad hoc committee also requested their committee be disbanded, as they believed their work was done. Finance Committee Chairperson Jeff Holst agreed and it was disbanded. All three ad hoc members (Rod Rommel, Mike Hunter and Jay Richardson) said they would be willing to speak to a committee if needed on how they reached their findings.
For more please read the July 10 print version of the Herald.