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Troup County Commission approves updated pay study

On Tuesday, the Troup County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a pay study for the county. According to County Manager Eric Mosley, the pay study will be an update on one completed five or six years ago through a partnership with Condrey and Associates.

The same company will be completing the updated study. 

“We certainly are trying our best to recruit great staff as well as trying to hold onto staff we currently have. The county over the course of the past five years has worked hard to try to implement past pay studies so we could retain our employees,” Mosley said during an interview on Monday.

Mosley said at a meeting last week that the pay study conducted five or six years ago was successful.

“We were able to kind of really tweak the way we handled our pay structure, and it’s really helped us with attracting better qualified candidates, and more importantly, holding onto the ones that we currently have,” Mosley said.

He said that over the past five years, the county has managed to give employees pay raises without raising taxes “one bit.”

A contract proposal approved at Tuesday’s meeting listed three main objectives for the study — reviewing and revising the current personnel classification system and pay plan; collecting salary data and producing a recommended pay plan based on job analysis, job evaluation and survey data; and training to help ensure the implementation and maintenance of the pay plan system. 

The updated study is expected to cost the county $32,500. The company and county anticipate a three-and-a-half-month work plan that will begin Sept. 1 and end on or before Dec. 15 with a final report.

In January, the county plans to begin implementing the company’s recommendations. Condrey and Associates also plans to provide follow-up technical assistance to the county through Dec. 15, 2022, which will be free aside from travel-related expenses. As part of the study, Condrey and Associates and department heads will compare Troup County salaries to those of surrounding areas, according to a meeting agenda document.