By DENISE GRANT
Employees of Hancock County Job and Family Services are getting a pay raise and a new competitive pay scale in an effort to stop staff turnover.
The Hancock County commissioners approved the pay raise at Thursday’s regular meeting, at the recommendation of agency officials.
Officials say wages have been a “major barrier” to retaining and hiring quality staff members. The rate of pay at the agency did not change between 2006 and 2012. On Jan. 1, 2013, workers were given a 2.8 percent pay raise.
“It has been determined by administrative staff that in some cases, employees were leaving positions, after being trained, to take the same position in other counties at higher pay,” according to a report to the commissioners.
Along with a 1.5 percent pay raise, effective June 22, the pay scale is also being adjusted up for 28 positions in the agency. Routine pay raises, or step raises, have also been built into the pay scale.
Separately, the commissioners agreed to purchase a property located at 210 Washington St. from Donna Marie Brown and Jeanine Kring for $31,340.
The property was bought for the purpose of flood mitigation and will be paid for out of the county’s flood fund.