Commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to hire The Archer Company, a Rock Hill, S.C.-based firm, to carry out the study, which is expected to take a year.
Because the last such study was performed in 2006, county Chairman Tim Lee said the new study may find pay adjustments need to be as much as a $2 million increase. Yet those are adjustments Lee said he is willing to make for the county’s 4,500 full-time and 1,200 part-time employees.
“Yeah, I’m prepared to move forward with the recommendation,” Lee said. “You want to keep quality people. The best way to provide the best services that folks come to expect at the best possible rate is to make sure you have quality employees. The best way to have quality employees is to
make sure you have a competitive package and recruit the best, which I think we do. We just need to reward those (employees) for a fair day’s work with a fair day’s pay.”
Commissioner JoAnn Birrell said both the 2011 Citizens Oversight Committee, chaired by Brett McClung of northeast Cobb, and the county’s 2012 Compensation Committee, chaired by Lee, recommended paying for the study.
Tony Hagler, the county’s human resources director, has said he didn’t have the staff to carry out the task.
“It has been way over our five-year mark of doing a study for compensation,” Birrell said. “I think it’s important that we look at our departments and employees and see where we are in comparison with the market and with other jurisdictions and pay them appropriately and accordingly.”