• Plainfield employees to see more dollars in their paychecks

    December 15, 2011 No comments

    The Plainfield town council approved an across-the-board salary increase for town employees. The council approved an ordinance giving a 3 percent increase for the majority of Plainfield employees and a bump for the clerk-treasurer.

    Ron Lydick, director of human resources for the town, recommended the 3 percent increase for employees after researching and discussing the issue with FlashPoint Human Resources Consulting.

    The town’s last salary increase came in 2009 when they approved a 2 percent increase for employees. There were no increases in 2010 or ‘11., but the council did approve bonuses for employees in June. They received 2 percent of their annual salary in the one-time bonus.

    For the past two years, managers and supervisors have been training in how to evaluate employees. Lydick said he would like to have one more year to work with the new evaluation process before moving strictly to a “pay for performance” program.

    After discussions with FlashPoint, he said he decided to request the 3 percent across-the-board increase.

    Parks Department Director Clay Chaffin also requested that a 25 cent increase for returning seasonal employees be reinstated this coming year.

    Council member Kent McPhail said he was surprised by how well the evaluations were going, but added that he wanted to go ahead and amend the proposed salary ordinance to include a pay increase for the clerk-treasurer.

    When the town gave the 2 percent bonus earlier this year, it was not given to elected officials.

    Wes Bennett has been the clerk-treasurer for the Town of Plainfield since Aug. 1, 2005. His annual salary is currently $59,600.

    In a study by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT), Plainfield’s clerk-treasurer salary is lower than those of similar size towns.

    McPhail recommended that the clerk-treasurer’s salary be increased to $65,000 a year in 2012.

    Council president Robin Brandgard said the increases for employees and the clerk-treasurer will help the town remain competitive.

    The pay increases were unanimously approved by the council.

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