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Officials hope pay raise will attract judicial commissioners
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It’s yet to be seen if a $2 increase in pay will stem the high turnover rate of judicial commissioners. A recent hiring process by the county failed to produce a viable candidate and a new hiring process will begin.
The county’s Policy and Personnel Committee discussed the unsuccessful attempt and the need to start the process again.
“You know we went through a hiring process recently to find a judicial commissioner,” said County Commissioner Ken Martin, chairman of the committee. “We had eight applicants. We interviewed six of them. We did not have a candidate we are going to be able to hire and I need a motion to begin a new hiring process. We need to have at least one more.”
The exact reason why the hiring process did not generate a new judicial commissioner was not discussed.
Martin called the situation “unfortunate.”
“It’s just unfortunate,” he said. “We had some good people in that group too. I wish I could tell you why it didn’t work. It just can’t. We did have some good applicants and they are encouraged to apply again.”
With the passing of the county budget for fiscal year 2015-16 on July 20, the beginning salary for judicial commissioners was increased from $7.50 to $9.50 an hour. Current judicial commissioners received a $2 raise. The increase was an effort by the county to stem the high turnover rate after four judicial commissioners resigned in a two-and-a-half month span.
A motion to begin a new hiring process was passed unanimously by Martin and fellow committee members Carlene Brown, Charles Morgan and Tommy Savage. Absent was Wayne Copeland.