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July 5, 2013

Floyd County debates HR position

Commissioners table vote, waiting on council plan to fund it

NEW ALBANY —

The Floyd County Commissioners tabled a request Tuesday to create a new human-resources position.

Floyd County Council President John Schellenberger formed a committee recently to discuss whether to create a position to help deal with Affordable Care Act questions and other human-resources needs. The new health care law takes affect Jan. 1, 2014.

Schellenberger discussed the committee’s findings with the commissioners Tuesday. He said the position would pay a base salary of $35,000 to $40,000 annually, along with benefits. He also said after talking to other county leaders and auditors, the committee decided Floyd County needed to create the position. 

Besides discussing the salary and other details with the commissioners, Schellenberger said the person would likely answer to and work out of the auditor’s office. He was hoping the commissioners would approve the position, which will also be on next Tuesday’s Floyd County Council meeting agenda. Schellenberger said the position would only be created if the council could come up with the funding.

“I would like to see it come back with a plan on how it is going to be paid for,” Commissioner Mark Seabrook said. “I think we should table it until the county council tells us they have the funding. I don’t want to say I am in favor of it if we don’t have the money. That is not a good way to do business.”

The vote to table the measure passed unanimously.

Schellenberger was asking the commissioners to approve the request so if the council finds the funding, a person could be hired soon.

“At least this way we will have it,” he said. “The ACA is the driver behind this. We would have a point of contact for all personnel matters.”

Commissioner Chuck Freiberger, who was on the committee, said he is not in favor of creating a new position.

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