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Employee Pay A Concern For LaGrange Co. Council
Thursday Jul 13, 2017 9:18am
LaGrange, IN

By: Tim Murray


(LAGRANGE) – Lots of employers are having difficulty filling positions, and LaGrange County government is no different.

On Monday County Plan Commission Chairman Dr. Lynn Bowen told the County Council they are finding it difficult to fill the vacant planning and zoning administrator position. ...... {LISTEN}.

The position currently pays around $45,600 a year. Bowen says most surrounding counties pay their planners at least $52,000 or more.

Bowen says pay for County employees should be looked at, and a Committee is meeting to do just that.

He added the Plan Commission could look at raising fees to help increase the salary, but that was already done recently, and County Commissioners felt some of those fees were already too high.

Councilman Mike Strawser says it’s difficult to strike the right balance. ...... {LISTEN}.

Councilman Steve McKowen added that other department heads might also be impacted by the decision. He urged Council to delay action until they complete an assessment of county pay levels.

Council President Peter Cook felt a range of $50,000 to $60,000 was fair, but Council took no official action on the request.
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