JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday adopted a local law setting salaries for non-union county department heads and elected officials in a five-year deal, giving them 1.5 percent to 2 percent increases the next two years.
The law approved at the County Office Building is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2010, and gives the appointed and elected officials no increase in wages from 2010-12. But they will receive 1.5 percent raises in 2013 and 2 percent raises in 2014.
Members of the Board of Supervisors are not part of the new law, and their salaries will be set later in the year during budget time.
The resolution to pass the law was endorsed by the board's Personnel and Finance committees.
Northampton Supervisor Linda Kemper, the sole member to vote no, asked why the non-union salaries were being adjusted now, instead of later during budget time.
"We thought it made sense to get a three-year wage freeze in place," county Administrative Officer Jon Stead responded.
Adjustments to the county non-union officials' salaries have for many years mirrored activity with negotiations on union salaries.
The county is currently at impasse with its 285-member General Unit union - Local 818 of the Civil Service Employees Association. That union's last contract expired at the end of 2009, and union officials have said for several months that county government management is pushing zero wage hikes as part of any new deal.
Stead told the board it is no secret - especially through ongoing media accounts - that the county is at "loggerheads" in its negotiations with the General Unit. He said a session with state Public Employment Relations Board-assigned fact-finder Gordon Mayo will be conducted in two to three weeks.
Stead said the county also is gearing up to begin negotiating new deals with the two Fulton County Sheriff's Department unions. They are the Fulton County Deputy Sheriff's Police Benevolent Association and the Fulton County Sheriff's Office Employees Alliance.
The law passed Monday included these annual raises for department heads for 2013: director of weights and measures - $41,495 to $42,117; civil defense-fire coordinator - 44,222 to $44,885; budget director - $83,211 to $84,159; director of information services - $60,233 to $61,136; personnel director - $55,788 to $56,625; real property services director - $57,000 to $57,855; county administrative officer - $80,955 to $82,169; social services commissioner - $73,420 to $74,521; Office for Aging director - $56,094 to $56,935; solid waste director - $89,220 to $90,558; planning director - $70,156 to $71,208; probation director - $63,605 to $64,559; public health director - $73,482 to $74,584; superintendent of highways and facilities - $76,584 to $77,733; director of community services -$80,686 to $81,896.
Elected officials' salaries will increase this way for 2013: county clerk - $61,582 to $62,506; county treasurer - $62,753 to $63,694; sheriff - $67,485 to $68,497.
Stead said that by setting a non-union officials' salary schedule now, county management has some "stability" in months ahead "so we know what we have to budget for."
"This gives us a final figure to plug in," added Perth Supervisor Greg Fagan, chairman of the Finance Committee.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.