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CATTARAUGUS TO TAKE UP SALARY PLAN PANEL SEEKS TO REMOVE POLITICS FROM PROCESS

The Cattaraugus County Legislature tonight will be asked to consider an evaluation plan designed to take politics out of the annual process of setting salaries for county department heads and administrators.

Legislature Vice Chairman Don. B. Winship said a special committee has worked several months to develop the plan that is based on a process used in Ontario County. In addition, six Western New York counties of comparable size were surveyed.

Under current procedures, he said, "politics and personalities" ware often the basis for raises. Legislators Richard Gowan, R-Cattaraugus, and Marian Kramer, D-Olean, also worked with Winship and Deputy Administrator William C. Baker to develop the plan.

According to a resolution that will be explained to legislators tonight, the Management and Confidential Compensation Plan "establishes and defines job factors and assigns point values to each factor." Job duties will be measured against the factors to assess the relative worth of each job in the management group. For qualifying employees increments would be based on meritorious service.

The plan for management and confidential employees would be reviewed yearly by County Administrator Donald E. Furman.

If adopted, the plan will be come effective Jan. 1 and include 1990 salaries that will serve as the basis for future increases.

A companion local law would use a similar format to set salaries for department heads. Personnel Specialist Louis Fulkerson said raises proposed for 1991 are about 2.7 percent.

According to the law, raises for department heads must be as high as raises given to other employees. Workers in this group will be evaluated at the end of each year by Furman and the Legislature chairman.

Current salaries and proposed raises for department heads include: Furman, $47,250 to $49,615; County Attorney Dennis V. Tobolski, $49,120 to $49,800; Public Works Commissioner Rickey M. Johnson, $43,312 to $44,400; Nursing Homes Director Alice Thibert, $41,832 to $42,600; Social Services Commissioner Ronald Hackett, $41,375 to $42,600; Data Processing Director Peter Wallen, $40,809 to $42,600; Planning Director Michael P. Kayes, $40,830 to $42,600; Probation Director William Keenan, $34,622 to $35,400.

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