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Wood County wage study done, 1% raises coming in July

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Wood County Courthouse, Wisconsin Rapids
Wood County Courthouse, Wisconsin Rapids
Ed Wagner discusses Wood Cou... (Download MP3)

MARSHFIELD, WI (WSAU) - The Wood County Board passed a new compensation plan for all county employees.

County Supervisor Ed Wagner chaired the ad hoc committee studying the issue, which was brought it to the full board for a vote on Tuesday. The plan passed by a vote of 17 to 2. Wagner said, “Wood County employees now have a compensation plan. They went without one for a while, but now they have one that’s going to be implemented the first payroll in July.”

Because of delays getting the issue settled, a pay raise retroactive to January is part of the plan, working out to the annual increase of 1%.

The plan includes a “pay for performance” increase for management and supervisory personnel, and is based on pay scale benchmarks researched by Carlson Dettmann Consulting. Wagner believes the pay for performance standards will eventually apply to all Wood County employees.

Several employee groups had been represented by unions, but the groups declined to go through the certification process mandated by the state. Wagner says that threw the issue of employee compensation back to the county board for approval.

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