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Paul Gallegos wants to jump his Secretary and Office Manager from the bottom of the pay scale to the very top.
From the Board Agenda for Tuesday
County Administrative Office
Item 3. Advanced Step Request in District Attorney's Office
◼ RECOMMENDATION: That the Board of Supervisors deny the request of the District Attorney for step increases for the Legal Office Business Manager and Executive Secretary positions in the District Attorney's Office (Budget Unit 1100 205).
Yes, Gallegos claims he made a mistake when he hired his new secretary and his new office manager, that he should have started them at the top of the salary schedule.
He's asking that ◼ the Board approve movement of two employees in the District Attorney's Office to the TOP STEP of their respective pay ranges. The item cites an "internal miscommunication of the process" as the reason why these individuals were hired at Step A rather than at Step E.
From Step A to Step E
The personnel director says ◼ I am unable to sign the agenda item from the District Attorney requesting approval of an advance step appointment. This is actually a request to approve an accelerated step increase but the discussion section talks about the initial hiring process based upon the 2 employees work experience.
Appointment at an advanced salary is a tool to be used on occasions where there is a very limited candidate pool (many times only one qualified applicant on a list) and when the outstanding candidate, to come to work in Humboldt County, would have to take a salary reduction at our "A" step. This is not the case in either of the positions in the District Attorney's agenda item.
In regards to the Executive Secretary position there were many well qualified candidates to choose from on the list. there was no need or justification for offering a salary above the entry step.
In regards to the Legal Office Business Manager position Ms. Duncan promoted from a County position, receiving a 55% salary increase at Step A. This is not remotely close to justifying any beginning salary above "A" step.
Here's Gallegos' proposal: ◼ On, December 4, 2006, the District Attorney's Office hired a highly experienced business manager. Originally, Ms. Duncan was hired at Step A. On January 22, 2007, the District Attorney's Office hired Ms. Shoshani who was another highly skilled and experienced personnel for the position of Executive Secretary to the District Attorney at Step A.
He goes on: ◼ It was the Departments intent to hire both individual's at the level equivalent to their experience. Because of internal miscommunication of the process, both employees were hired at Step A rather than at Step E. We are requesting approval for Step E effective the beginning of the bi-weekly pay period following approval (note all spelling/punctuation errors are left as is here) pdf file
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