Monday, December 20, 2010

The TRUTH about the county bonuses.

Here is an exact copy of an e-mail exchange between me , County Administrator, Steve Howard, and County Finance Director, Mike Fender, regarding this month's year-end bonuses for county employees.

Thanks, guys. Only the most unreasonable people would have a problem with that given they’ve forgone even a simple COLA for years.


From: Mike Fender []

Sent: Monday, December 20, 2010 11:36 AM

To: Jay Moreno

Cc: Steve Howard

Subject: RE: Bonuses?

The "bonus" was really an extension of salary adjustment. By giving a smaller salary adjustment (2%) instead of say 2.5%, it will help future budget line items. The "bonus" was given to all employees including constitutional officers since they are considered department heads. No bonus or salary adjustment was given to the Commissioners. The bonus parameters were as follows :

All full time employees that were with the County prior to January 15, 2010 received $400.

Full time employees that were hired after January 15, 2010 were prorated by the number of full month equivalents worked through December 31, 2010….hired until the 15th of the month receive credit for the month, hired after the 15th of the month no credit received.

Part time employees received a max of $200 based on the number of hours worked over the last year ……normal part time employee in the court would make 1040 hours per year working part time (8-5 , M-F for full time would be 2080), if they worked 780 hours last year, their share would be 75% of the $200.

If you are interested in the exact amounts or someone specific, I will be glad to share that info with you. This is not a annual policy or an annual event. It was simply a way to give a salary adjustment to the employees that haven't had one in several years. Please call or email me with any additional questions.



From: Steve Howard

Sent: Monday, December 20, 2010 10:49 AM

To: Jay Moreno; Mike Fender

Subject: RE: Bonuses?

Importance: High

I will have Mike provide you all the details.

The Commissioners did not receive anything.





From: Jay Moreno []

Sent: Monday, December 20, 2010 10:34 AM

To: Steve Howard

Subject: Bonuses?


Congrats on the long overdue 2% across-the-board pay raises.

I’ve had several phone calls and e-mails about an end-of-the-year bonus for all hands that was not announced in the T&G.

Can you tell me if there was; who got it (especially commissioners); and how much?

Is this a new policy or a resumption of an old one?



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