Personnel Issues Addressed By County Commissioners

Greenwood County Commissioners spent the majority of their regular meeting this Monday addressing payroll and personnel issues. Last week, it was discovered that sheriff’s office employees, as well as two other county employees did not receive the 1.4% cost of living increase, as approved last year by commissioners. After a 20-minute executive session this week for legal consultation with counsel for personnel issues, commissioner Chuck Spradlin made a motion to amend the most recent payroll to give all county employees the 1.4% increase based on last year’s salaries. The motion failed due to lack of a second, with commissioner Ben Fox stating he wanted to have another executive session before voting.

Commissioners then held a 30-minute executive session for an employee evaluation with counselor Paul Dean and emergency management director Levi Vinson, with Vinson leaving the executive session after 20 minutes. Once the meeting was called back to order, commissioners unanimously approved to increase Vinson’s annual salary from $41,600 to $45,000 plus the 1.4% COLA, effective with the most recent pay period. “It (their decision) has quite a bit of background in it up to this point, so it’s a justified thing,” explained commissioner Spradlin.


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