Placer County supes want to know about all merit-raise recipients

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Placer County supervisors agreed Tuesday with a request by Chairman Kirk Uhler to have all merit increases – not just management hikes – made available for board perusal. Supervisors now vote on managerial increases. Uhler said the board voted on 73 managerial merit increases this past year while 667 others are approved by the Civil Service Commission. Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, who has voted against the management merit increases – including one two weeks ago to Uhler’s wife, Tamara – described the move as a “great step toward more transparency” in county government. Montgomery said the next step would also be to include the amount employees are receiving in benefits. Plans are to have a report identifying the employee, job classification, current salary, increased salary amount, and percentage increase. “None of us has anything to be ashamed of regarding what we’re earning,” Montgomery said. In other board business Tuesday: - Placer County’s drug abuse task force will be tapping into federal Recovery Act funding. The Board of Supervisors were told that $313,000 has been allocated in Anti-Drug Abuse Recovery Act funds and the county’s multi-jurisdictional task force can use the money to fill several positions. Barbara Besana, administrative services manager for the Sheriff’s Department, said the funding could help pay for unfilled positions with the sheriff’s special investigations unit, as well as the District Attorney’s Office, Auburn Police, and health and human services. The county’s task force includes representatives from the state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, as well as local law enforcement, probation and child protective services. “SIU contributes to the safety and well-being of the residents of Placer County and is part of the county’s fight against drugs such as methamphetamines,” Sheriff Ed Bonner said. - Montgomery presented a commendation to Colfax city officials congratulating the community on the 100th anniversary of its incorporation on Feb. 23, 1910. - Mark Williams of Auburn received a commendation from Supervisor Robert Weygandt on his retirement after 31 years with the California Highway Patrol.