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Wood County continues examining wage study data, may propose policies to board


WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI (WSAU) -  Wood County employees may see fewer job descriptions and pay grades that are more in line with the private sector. With enactment of Act 10,

A wage study was performed by the Carlson-Dettman consulting firm beginning in October, and the full county board turned down implementing their recommendations before Christmas. Now, County Board Chairman Lance Pliml says the Ad Hoc Committee is continuing to examine the data to see what can be gained.  "Some employees bring more to the table than some others.  There has to be a mid point and there has to be some people who excel, and we're trying to figure out a way to compensate those people who excel at a level commensurate with what they bring to the table.”

Pliml says there’s mixed feelings on the board about pay-for-performance and longevity pay issues, but understands everyone comes from different business backgrounds. He believes people should be paid based more on performance and at levels competitive with the private sector.  "If you excel at what you do, you should get paid accordingly and if you don't, you shouldn't continue to get paid more money year after year.  Also at the same time, take a look at what the comparative wages are in and around our community.”

The Wood County Compensation & Wage Study Ad-hoc Committee will meet again Wednesday morning. They are expected to discuss any possible policy changes and report to the March county board meeting.