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Campbell's Elected Leaders Get Pay Raise Based on Inflation

Campbell County Commissioner Charlie Coleman had previously voted against giving some county workers pay increases as he cited the raises were larger than what one might find in the private sector, in his estimation, so when it came time for him to receive a raise for his own work as commissioner based on inflation, he voted against that, too.

“I feel I'm very fairly compensated. As you know, it became a very hot topic recently when I voted against some pay raises for some of our employees, so I am voting against my own,” he said.

Commissioner Brian Painter noted for the edification of the general public that commissioners are not compensated for travel to local meetings or other nighttime events in the region.

“What this does is just mirrors the inflation rate for the commissioner's salary. I know the commissioner job a lot of times is what you put in it. Right now, we have quite a few things on our plate with the SD-1 study, the Jolly CDC council that is making some big decisions on our parks and recreation, we have some social health issues coming up, and other issues. We're very active and to let it mirror the inflation rate is not a bad idea for what the value that Campbell County gets out of it,” Painter said.

Both Painter and Commissioner Tom Lampe voted for the inflation adjustment, as did Judge/Executive Steve Pendery, which allowed the motion to pass.

The state sets the salaries of Fiscal Court members and adjusts those salaries for inflation. The increase for all members this year was 0.7%. The Commissioners receive a little over $38,500 annually for their work for Campbell County. The Judge/Executive and the County Jailer salaries are set at $113,000. The County Coroner, Attorney and Golf Pro Assistant also had pay increases.

Other Notes:

Position descriptions of the Office of Emergency Management Deputy Director Administrative and Deputy Director-Operations and Tax Compliance Officer were updated under the Fair Labor Standards Act as non-exempt.

County Administrator Matt Elberfeld explained that FLSA sets standard criteria for someone who is exempt or non-exempt. Non-exempt employees are paid on an hourly basis and are entitled to time-and-a-half should they exceed 40 hours in their work week. Exempt workers are salaried employees and receive no overtime. The County Human Resources department reviews the position descriptions annually to ensure that the County is operating under compliance with the FLSA. The changes of the status that took place at the meeting on Wednesday was from salary to hourly. The standards of the FLSA apply to both private and public job sectors.

The City of Alexandria was added to the county's building inspection program. The County Housing Department will receive 68 more housing choice vouchers which will help the county partner with the new senior housing project in Highland Heights. With these factors increasing the amount of building inspections needed in the county, the Fiscal Court will transfer David Rodgers from Building/Housing Inspector to Building Inspector and then add a part-time Housing Inspector to handle the increase in workload. The cost of the additional part-time employee will be covered by the fees that inspections generate.

The Fiscal Court changed the contract with Perkins Carmack Construction in regard to the remodel and expansion of the County Detention Center to include 26 new cell doors, complete with new frames and security hardware. The cost for the door instillation is around $167,000.  

Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor