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Disagreement Over Amount of Raise for Campbell Co. Employee

The Campbell County Fiscal Court has restructured its Human Resources department in order to become more efficient, and as a result of these changes, 1.25 full-time positions have been eliminated which results in an annual savings of about $50,000. 

Also in the restructuring, Human Services Program Manager Allyn Reinecke was given a raise of $6,000 after the position’s job description had been expanded. This brings the position’s annual salary to $45,000.

Campbell County Commissioner Charlie Coleman did not feel comfortable awarding a raise of that size, and he calculated the new income to be a 15 percent raise from the previous pay rate. He hearkened back to his days as a teacher and said that even with an expanded job responsibility, neither he nor his colleagues were ever awarded such a dramatic raise.

“I draw on my own life experiences as a teacher, and when teachers get additional students, they don’t get a raise,” Coleman said.  “Fifteen percent is a heck of a raise. People are lucky if they get a two percent raise.”

In the spirit of cooperation, Coleman suggested a $2,000 raise, but that suggestion was not considered. Instead, Commissioners Tom Lampe and Brian Painter, and Judge/Executive Steve Pendery voted to approve the raise and the motion was carried.

“We used to have three full-time people doing the essential chores that Allyn is doing now at a cost of $114,000. We used to get a $40,000 administrative fee from the Health District, resulting in a net cost of $74,000, but we, over the years, winnowed things down to the point where this action this evening, we have one employee handling the work and the $45,000 represents a further savings than we were spending before,” Pendery said.

Coleman emphasized that his position on the matter was not reflective of the work that Reinecke has performed and said that it was not personal.

“I know there are additional duties. We gave another employee in the county a few months ago a $2,000 raise for supervising some additional employees, so that’s how I came up with the $2,000, and the precedent for that would be the same. I just think about our taxpayers, and I don’t think anybody in this room gets a 15 percent raise. That’s my objection, it’s nothing against the person, it’s just business,” he said.

Kimberly Halbauer was appointed to the Tri-ED Board of Directors for a three-year term. Commissioner Lampe endorsed Halbauer saying that she is very active in the community in several different organizations and called her a true professional. Coleman, though, questioned that because Halbauer is involved with so many organizations, if she could handle the added responsibility that comes with being on the Tri-ED board.

“She’s got a lot of irons in the fire,” he said. “I respect your recommendation, but I hope she can give Campbell County the time it needs in Tri-ED.”

A resolution was passed that authorizes the Judge/Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement with Sanitation District 1 for a storm water cost share project. Flooding on Upper Tug Fork Road has occurred regularly because the culverts there are too small for the storm water. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has agreed to pay 80 percent of the $167,000 project, and SD-1 will pay the remainder of the cost under their storm water management program. Commissioner Painter said that many new houses in the area will now be protected from flood waters.

Another interlocal agreement was reached, this time with the City of Silver Grove to provide professional police services. Silver Grove has explored different options for the future of its one-person police department and ultimately decided to disband it. The county provided three options to Silver Grove in terms of taking over policing in the city. Silver Grove can choose between having four 10-hour shifts per week for $100,000, five shifts for $130,000, and seven shifts for $145,000. The City has the right to move between those options during the life of the four year contract.

Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor