WIL­LIAMSON COUNTY County hires firm to study em­ployee pay

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — BEN­JAMIN WERMUND, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF

County em­ploy­ees could see a change in pay af­ter the county spends $97,000 on a study ex­plor­ing where their salaries stand in com­par­i­son with other com­pa­ra­ble coun­ties and in­de­pen­dent em­ploy­ers.

County Com­mis­sion­ers on Dec. 18 ap­proved paying Ev­er­green So­lu­tions, LLC, $37,000 more than it had bud­geted for the com­pen­sa­tion study, which will look into bring­ing pay for the county’s roughly 1,080 em­ploy­ees and 450 law en­force­ment per­son­nel in line with the mar­ket.

Lisa Zirkle, the county’s hu­man re­sources di­rec­tor, said that Ev­er­green was the best com­pany to do the study and spend­ing the ex­tra money would be worth it.

Ac­cord­ing to the ap­proved con­tract, the study will last through April 16. Dur­ing that time, Ev­er­green will meet with county de­part­ment heads and em­ploy­ees to find out what they do, and then com­pare their pay with sim­i­lar po­si­tions in government and pri­vate com­pa­nies, of­fi­cials said.

Com­mis­sioner Lisa Birk­man pointed out the study would not mean a raise for ev­ery­one. “That may or may not hap­pen,” Birk­man said. “This is not about ev­ery em­ployee get­ting a pay raise.”

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