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March 5, 2014

Jail workers get new positions, more pay

NEW CASTLE — New job titles have been created — and pay hikes granted — for three Lawrence County jail employees.

At a special meeting Monday, the Lawrence County Salary Board eliminated the positions of two non-union recordkeepers and a secretary at the jail.

Because of an influx of state parole violators being housed at the local jail, resulting in new and additional record-keeping requirements, the county has had to revamp some of the positions, David Gettings, county controller and prison board chairman, explained Tuesday.

The county receives $65 per inmate per day from the state to house the parole violators, and expected revenue from housing them will be $950,000 this year, according to a resolution the salary board approved.

In place of the three eliminated positions, the board created:

•A non-union records administrator position at a base salary of $32,000 plus benefits. That position is now occupied by Danielle MacDonald, who previously was earning $31,408.

•A non-union records officer position at a base pay of $28,000 plus benefits. That position is occupied by Lisa Carbone, who previously was earning $26,590.

•A non-union office manager position at a base pay of $33,000, with benefits. That position is occupied by Rhonda Heaney, jail secretary, who in her previous position was earning $31,240.

“We retrained people at different things,” Gettings said, “and there’s a whole different billing system. The program we have with parole violators called for revamping. The parole violators came in and now there’s all kinds of additional training and work.”

Also Monday, the salary board approved a new base pay structure for county 911 center telecommunicators, which includes starting wage for new hires at $12.55 per hour and top wage of $16.76 per hour. The top wage of a telecommunications supervisor is $17.93. Increases in between are subject to the employee completing required training and certifications.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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