Inyo County equity pay adjustments explained

inyo_courthouse.jpgIn sixteen Inyo County government departments, employees started to receive in November what are called equity adjustment pay raises – anywhere from approximately 5% to 30%. These raises equal about $650,000 per year and had been written into the County budget for the past couple of years. Members of the public asked Sierra Wave Media which departments received equity adjustment raises.

County Administrator Kevin Carunchio said the equity adjustments are not a new expense since they had already been built into the budget and were necessary, he said, because some county employees were performing tasks similar to other workers but receiving less pay. Others shouldered major responsibilities, and Carunchio emphasized the importance of keeping valuable workers.

Inyo County Deputy Personnel Director Sue Dishion gave us a list of departments in which 133 employees received equity adjustment pay hikes. Information provided shows positions and pay ranges, not dollar amounts.

Most of the 133 positions jumped up two or four ranges. These positions went up 10 ranges – an appraiser position, the position of civil officer, a custodian position, the Information Technology Director, Deputy Personnel Director, and Risk Manager.

An evidence techncian’s pay went up 13 range steps. A Human Services Supervisor jumped 16 ranges. Clinical Services Director went from a flat rate to Range 88, and the Health and Human Services Assistant Director went from a flat rate to Range 92.

These equity raises took place in sixteen departments – Auditor Controller, Administration, Agricultural Commissioner, Assessor, Public Works & Roads, Child Support, County Clerk Recorder/Elections, County Counsel, District Attorney, Environmental Health, Health and Human Services, Planning, Probation, Public Guardian/Administrator, Sheriff’s Department and Water Department. The pay adjustments came about after an in-house study of salaries.

In defense of the pay hikes, County Administrator Kevin Carunchio said in times when employees are asked to do more, they have to be paid fairly. He also said the A-Team of workers are needed more than ever. Carunchio said some of these people are the ones who keep the County out of lawsuits and avoid costly risks.  These raises are not part of the $1.8 million shortfall created next fiscal year by approval of cost of living adjustments and health insurance shared costs for the County for all bargaining units.

The list of pay range adjustments follows and actual salaries are available here – http://www.inyocounty.us/SalarySchedule/

POSITION Current Range Proposed Range Increase
ACCOUNT CLERK 01 43 48
ACCOUNT CLERK 02 47 50
ACCOUNT CLERK 03 51 52
ADMINISTRATIVE ANALYST 01 66 68
ADMINISTRATIVE ANALYST 02 68 70
ADMINISTRATIVE ANALYST 03 70 72
ACCOUNT TECHNICIAN 01 55 55
ACCOUNT TECHNICIAN 02 59 59
ACCOUNT TECHNICIAN 03 63 63
ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY 03 62 64
AIRPORT LEAD 56 63
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER 01 45 45
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER 02 49 56
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER 03 56 60
ANIMAL CONTROL SUPERVISOR 63 64
APPRAISER 01 58 68
APPRAISER 02 62 70
APPRAISER 03 66 72
APPRAISER AIDE 55 59
ASSESSMENT CLERK 01 55 55
ASSESSMENT CLERK 02 59 59
ASSESSMENT CLERK 03 61 63
BUILDING GROUNDS WORKER 48 50
BUILDING INSPECTOR 01 66 68
BUILDING INSPECTOR 02 70 72
BUILDING MAINENANCE WORKER 01 50 56
BUILDING MAINENANCE WORKER 02 54 60
CADASTRAL TECHNICIAN 01 57 61
CADASTRAL TECHNICIAN 02 59 66
CADASTRAL TECHNICIAN 03 61 61
CASE MANAGER 01 57 57
CASE MANAGER 02 60 60
CASE MANAGER 03 64 64
CIVIL OFFICER 54 64
COOK 46 51
CUSTODIAN 01 42 50
CUSTODIAN 02 44 54
CUSTODIAN SUPERVISOR 50 58
DISPATCH 01 50 55
DISPATCH 02 54 60
EQUIPMENT OPERATOR LEAD 63 66
EVIDENCE TECHNICIAN 51 64
FIELD PROGRAM COORDINATOR 70 72
FOOD SUPERVISOR JUV INST 51 51
GATE ATTENDANT 43 48
GIS TECHNICIAN 01 65 68
GIS TECHNICIAN 02 69 72
GIS TECHNICIAN 03 72 75
GIS TECHNICIAN 04 76 79
HUMAN SERVICES SUPERVISOR 66 70
LABORATORY TECHNICIAN 01 54 60
LABORATORY TECHNICIAN 02 58 65
LEGAL SECRETARY 01 54 56
LEGAL SECRETARY 02 56 60
LEGAL SECRETARY 03 60 64
LIBRARY TECHNICIAN 01 55 55
LIBRARY TECHNICIAN 02 58 58
LIBRARY TECHNICIAN 03 61 61
MANAGER PROGRESS HOUSE 70 78
MOSQUITO SUPERVISOR 70 72
MOSQUITO TECHNICIAN 01 50 52
MOSQUITO TECHNICIAN 02 54 56
MOSQUITO TECHNICIAN 03 58 60
MUSEUM  ASSISTANT 44 48
NETWORK ANALYST 01 65 68
NETWORK ANALYST 02 69 72
NETWORK ANALYST 03 72 75
NETWORK ANALYST 04 76 79
OFFICE ASSISTANT 01 44 48
OFFICE ASSISTANT 02 46 50
OFFICE ASSISTANT 03 48 52
OFFICE ASSISTANT LAB TECH 03 50 52
OFFICE MANAGER 54 63
PARK HELPER 42 50
PLANNING TRANSPORTATION 01 74 74
PLANNING TRANSPORTATION 02 78 78
PROGRAM COORDINATOR 66 72
PROGRAM MANAGER WEED 70 72
PROGRAM SERVICES ASST. 03 44 50
PROGRAMMER ANALYST 01 65 68
PROGRAMMER ANALYST 02 69 72
PROGRAMMER ANALYST 03 72 75
PROGRAMMER ANALYST 04 76 79
PSYCHOTHERAPIST 78 81
RECORDER TECHNICIAN 01 54 55
RECORDER TECHNICIAN 02 56 59
RECORDER TECHNICIAN 03 58 63
RECORDS CLERK 51 63
RECORDS ELECTIONS CLERK 01 46 48
RECORDS ELECTIONS CLERK 02 48 50
RECORDS ELECTIONS CLERK 03 50 52
REGISTERED ENV HEALTH SPEC TRAINEE 65 67
REGISTERED ENV HEALTH SPEC 01 69 71
REGISTERED ENV HEALTH SPEC 02 73 75
REGISTERED ENV HEALTH SPEC 03 77 79
ROAD MAINT CREW SUPERVISOR 66 71
ROAD SHOP SUPERVISOR 66 71
SALT CEDAR COORDINATOR 70 72
SECRETARY 54 54
SHELTER MANAGER 45 52
SOCIAL WORKER 01 61 65
SOCIAL WORKER 02 64 67
SOCIAL WORKER 03 67 70
SOCIAL WORKER 04 69 73
VICTIM WITNESS COORDINATOR 56 60
ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY 03 62 64
ASSISTANT TO THE CAO 70 74
ASSISTANT TO THE SHERIFF 70 70
CLINICAL SERVICES DIRECTOR FL 88
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY 64 70
FISCAL DIRECTOR 82 84
HHS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR HHSA 92
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTR 81 91
DEPUTY PERSONNEL DIR 78 88
MANAGEMENT ANALYST 74 80
MANAGEMENT ANALYST SENIOR 76 84
MENTAL HEALTH DIRECTOR 87 88
OFFICE ASSISTANT 03 48 52
PAYROLL TECHNICIAN 01 66 68
PAYROLL TECHNICIAN 02 68 70
PAYROLL TECHNICIAN 03 70 72
PERSONNEL ANALYST 01 66 68
PERSONNEL ANALYST 02 68 70
PERSONNEL ANALYST 03 70 72
PROBATION DEPUTY DIRECTOR 81 84
PROBATION DIRECTOR OF JUV INST 81 84
PROGRAMMER ANALYST 04 76 79
PUBLIC ADMIN GUARD DEPUTY 62 64
PURCHASING SPECIALIST 67 70
RISK MANAGER 78 88
SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR 82 84
SOCIAL WORKER SUPERVISOR 72 76
SUPERVISOR ASSISTANT (Board Clerk) 70 72
PROBATION ASSISTANT 57 67

 

 

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10 Responses to Inyo County equity pay adjustments explained

  1. Mongo The Idiot December 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Killer Ashram picture BK.
    Any thoughts on giving picture of the week its own thread.
    Mongo

     
    • Benett Kessler December 31, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

      Not sure how that would work. I’m still stumbling through the process to get the bigger image available, but will happily ask our webmaster if we can do that. Thanks for your interest. Russ Monroe shot the killer photo.
      BK

       
  2. Nodoze December 31, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    What do those ranges mean in monthly salaries?

     
  3. Desert Tortoise December 31, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    It would be useful to know what the ranges represent. Is the take away from this the notion that the workers were holding a position, or doing the work required of a position that would normally be paid in a higher pay range? That seems to be the gist of the explanation.

     
    • Benett Kessler December 31, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

      The explanation is that some workers doing roughly the same thing made more than others.
      BK

       
  4. Steve January 2, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    According to the Inyo County Website, the budget for 2013-2014 is $76,933,477 and the County is short by $1.8 million. So let do the math thats $1,800,000 / $76,933,477= 0.023968 or 2.34%. Why not just cut 2.34% out of every departments budget instead of hiring consultant, doing workshops and wasting all this time/money on talking about what to cut. THIS IS NUTS.

     

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