Watkins

2020

Policy

Increase Pay for Law Enforcement

 (and all County Employees) 

Due to the compounding, budgetary restraints over the past several years the county employees, including its Sheriff and have not received pay raises, c.o.l.a or any other since 2014, this has severely hurt morale and lead to under-staffing issues. Resulting in a ranking of #1 in property crime, and #3 in property crime in the state. In this increasingly elevating unsafe environment, it’s going to require swift intervention from both a suppression and prevention standpoint.

Problems to Be solved

Problems to Be solved

  • BCSO Law enforcement as well as,  the entire county staff salaries are below the regional averages making both retention and recruitment increasingly difficult.

  • Due to the compounding, budgetary restraints over the past several years the county employees, including its Sheriff and have not received pay raises, c.o.l.a or any other since 2014, this has severely hurt morale and lead to under-staffing issues. Resulting in a ranking of #1 in property crime, and #3 in property crime in the state. In this increasingly elevating unsafe environment, it’s going to require swift intervention from both a suppression and prevention standpoint.

  • The results of under-staffing have lead to overtime and response time issues we must take proactive steps to increase our staffing levels.

guiding principles:

  • Pay is how you show love in capitalistic society. The People who work for the County are, our greatest asset we must show them that they are loved and valued.

Goals

Create a pay scale that can be followed each year that adequately awards years of service and high quality work. Be consistent and dependable with our staff.

As Mayor, I will...

As Mayor I will implement a pay scale that is two tiered the first will reward years of service by having an automatic cola adjustment of  2% each year. And a second system that is performance based tied to measurable indicators of output of departments and individuals.

Legislative Accomplishments Timeline

Update Pending