The Herald Bulletin

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Local Politics

April 15, 2014

Commissioners vote to eliminate Personnel Board

Mehling recognized for volunteer work

ANDERSON – Madison County commissioners have decided to end the county’s Personnel Board.

The issue of whether or not there was a Personnel Board came to light at the Madison County Council’s meeting last week when Madison Circuit Court 3 Judge Thomas Newman Jr. requested pay increases for three employees.

Council members wanted a determination if Madison County has a Personnel Board to consider requests for salary increases and changes in job classifications.

The commissioners on Tuesday directed Jim Wilson, county attorney, to draft an ordinance for the next meeting to eliminate the Personnel Board.

Commissioner John Richwine said the board was created by the commissioners when things were different in the county. He said the county hired an outside consulting firm to develop job classifications and salaries.

“At one time the Personnel Board had a function, that has now changed,” he said. “Salaries were sent by the council and officeholders were using discretionary funds to provide additional raises for their employees. We wanted parity among all the employees performing the same types of work.”

Richwine said the Personnel Board has met once in the past 9 ½ years.

“There is no need for the function anymore,” he said. “We now have a Human Resources Department, something we didn’t have in the past.”

Richwine said his recommendation to eliminate the board is to simply the process.

The process that will be implemented involves a request for a salary increase or change in job description be presented to the Human Resources Department. Shawn Swindell, director of human resources, will then make a recommendation to the commissioners and council.

In other business:

• The commissioners recognized William Mehling for his volunteer service to the Veterans Affairs office.

Mehling scanned the records of 10,000 veterans’ files into the county’s data base over the past 14 months.

Mehling, 89, recently traveled to the World War II Monument in Washington, D.C., as part of an “Honor Flight.”

“I don’t deserve this,” he said. “When I enlisted 60 years ago they told me to never volunteer. I volunteered for this.”

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 640-4863.

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