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Treasurer requests funds for full-time employee

Says $15,700 in budget not enough to attract quality candidates for job

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 9:06 a.m. CST

Grundy County Treasurer Marcy Miller has asked the Grundy County Personnel Committee to hire on a full-time person in her office.

Miller came before the committee at its regular meeting last week. There are currently three full-time people in the office, including herself.

They are currently working on a new payroll system that should be online in March, she said. This, on top of the treasurer's office responsibilities, including collecting and disbursing real estate taxes, has the office employees in need of help.

"My girls make it look easy, but it's not easy," said Miller.

She said she has about $15,700 in her budget to try to hire a full-time person, but she said this would not be enough to attract a qualified person to apply for the position.

Grundy County Board Vice Chairman David Welter asked her to prepare a job description and a proposed salary to bring back to the Personnel Committee.

If Miller has the money in the budget, as an elected official with a board-approved budget, she can hire as she pleases. But in order to get more money for the position, it ultimately has to be approved by the Finance Committee.

Miller's request follows recent county discussion that elected officials should be coming before the committees to request an amendment to their budgets to hire new employees, rather than budget for the positions in advance, risking the hires never being made and the money being spent elsewhere.

Board Chairman Ron Severson has shared discoveries that some county departments gave out bonuses, some with unused salary money in their budgets, including Miller's office. He has said that although this is not illegal, it's not fair to other employees who did not receive bonuses and that those departments should have come before the Finance Committee.

Miller said at the meeting that she did not want to ask for a specific amount of money because she didn't want to appear that she was begging. And if she did, she asked if the amount would be guaranteed in the next fiscal year budget as well so she could keep the new full-time employee.

Member John Almer said like all the departments' budgets, her's would be reviewed to make sure her needs are met.

"Just please help us to justify your need," said Vicki Geiger, Personnel Committee chairwoman.

Miller agreed to bring a proposal back for the position.

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