County changes wage increases for jail staff
When it came time for the Washington County Board of Supervisors to approve wage recommendations for county employees, Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. said that he had a problem with the wage increases for county jail staff. He said that 13 members of the jail staff were receiving wage increases that were higher than the 2 percent wage increase the board of supervisors set at the beginning of the budgeting process that took place in January, February and March.
Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar disagreed with Seward, saying that he and Deputy Jared Schneider prepared the wage increases as they have done in the past.
Discussion ensued for nearly an hour before Seward made a motion that excluded the 13 members of jail staff. His motion directed the county auditor to pay the jail staff 2 percent more than their 2013-14 wages. The board unanimously approved Seward’s motion.
Dunbar asked that the supervisors not penalized his employees.
Seward said the jail staff will receive wage increases similar to most county employees.
In other business, the board:
• approved the reappointment of Terry Philips to the Veterans Affairs Commission;
• approved fireworks permits for Alan Lovetinsky, Marion Avenue Baptist Church, and Midwest Bible Camp at the Lake Darling Youth Center;
• approved a Secondary Road Use Permit for the Crawfordsville Fire Department on July 5. A portion of Main Street will be closed the morning of July 5 for a parade, and again in the evening for a band performance;
• approved several resolutions needed to close the 2013-14 fiscal year (FY) and to begin FY 2014-15;
• approved a personnel change request from the Environmental Health Department for Jason Taylor; and
• approved the FY 2014-15 longevity schedule and 2014-15 departmental wage step increase.