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02/25/2019 MINUTES 1 <br /> <br /> <br /> COMMISSIONERS' MINUTES KITTITAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON COMMISSIONERS AUDITORIUM SPECIAL MEETING MONDAY 1:00 P.M. FEBRUARY 25, 2019 <br />Board members present: Chairman Cory Wright; Vice-Chairman Brett <br />Wachsmith & Commissioner Laura Osiadacz. <br /> <br />Others: Julie Kjorsvik, Clerk of the Board; Mark Cook, Public Works <br />Director/Interim Engineer; Lisa Young, Human Resource Director; and 2 <br />members of the public. <br /> SPECIAL MEETING STAFFING NEEDS PUBLIC WORKS <br /> <br />At 1:00 p.m. Chairman Wright opened a Special Meeting to discuss <br />Staffing needs in the Public Works Department. <br /> <br />Mark Cook, Public Works Director/Interim Engineer, announced they’ve <br />received two applications for the Engineer position and he would be <br />scheduling interviews in the near future. He explained how there is a <br />statutory requirement for the County to have an Engineer and they are in <br />demand right now. He said with surrounding areas higher salaries, better <br />work environments (individual offices, etc.), and more attractive health <br />care benefits it’s difficult for the County to compete. Mr. Cook said <br />if there is no candidate selected for the Engineer position after <br />holding interviews, they will have to decide how to move forward at that <br />time. He also discussed the Engineer Services Manager position as well <br />as other positions within their department. <br /> <br />Lisa Young, Human Resource Director provided a list of comps she’d <br />received for County Engineers and Public Works Directors. Based on <br />those comps the Public Works Directors position is under the mid-range <br />by 11.6%; and the Engineer position is only under by 2.02%. <br /> <br />Chairman Wright said he’d like to adjust the Public Works Directors <br />position to market right away based on the current comps that were <br />received. The Board directed Ms. Young to adjust the Director’s wage <br />scale based on the comps and to prepare a PAF for Mr. Cook reflecting an <br />increase of 11.6% bringing him to mid-point on the range. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />