SHEPHERDSVILLE – What comes first? The horse or the cart? Or is it the chicken before the egg?
Such riddles may be easier to solve than trying to figure out where Bullitt County officials go to update its employee handbook.
A salary committee, including magistrates John Bradshaw and Ruthie Ashbaugh, was recently set up to discuss future pay plans for county employees.
But county attorney Monica Meredith Robinson said that there might a couple of questions the court members need to answer before the salary committee gets too deep into discussions.
Having spent a lot of time reworking the existing employee handbook, Robinson said she had to halt that because she needed some direction.
She said there is no problem providing the court members or any committee the work that has been done or the examples gathered from other counties.
And with a limited staff, Robinson said it would be at least mid-May before she could even tackle any additional work on the handbook.
One key question to answer, according to Robinson, is whether the job descriptions in the handbook would be unique to each department or whether it would be an across-the-board description.
Another question is how salary increases are to be handled. She said it could be based on performance, longevity, across the board or have a cap on the salary.
When she worked as the deputy judge for several months, Robinson said it was easy to see that some administrative assistants made more money and some directors.
Before the salary committee can do its work, Robinson felt fiscal court needed to provide its preferences.
“All of this is hooked together,” said Robinson. “You need that focus to tell the committee.”
Bradshaw said the court members have talked about the handbook for two years and hasn’t seemed to be any further along.
“It is not my job to make policy,” Robinson said as a reason she stopped working on the handbook.
Without some direction from the fiscal court, she said it would be a waste of time to move forward.
“It needs to be done and it is going to take some effort,” said Robinson.
Magistrate Bob Hunt said it appeared that it was up to fiscal court to decide what it wanted to do.
Bradshaw said he felt that a secretary in each department is different and each would have their own job description.
If the salary committee is powerless, Bradshaw didn’t think he would have time to continue.
“That’s a waste of my time,” Bradshaw said.
Deputy judge Lisa Craddock, also a member of the salary committee, said county judge Melanie Roberts suggested that job descriptions were important.
Roberts said Robinson could provide her information to the salary committee for its work.
Bradshaw’s motion to have department heads prepare job descriptions for all of their positions by June 4 passed unanimously.
Ashbaugh said the court members might need to have a special meeting just to discuss what direction it wanted to take. No decision was made on that meeting date.