Who wants to do extra work for no extra pay?

When Commissioner Steve Stuart was giving his justifications on Dec. 14 for the scheduled $2,000 bump in annual salary that he and Commissioners Marc Boldt and Tom Mielke were planning to accept, he mentioned that they were doing more work.

The county wasn’t going to hire a replacement for senior policy analyst Troy Rayburn, who resigned in the fall to take a job in Oregon. Rayburn had worked directly for the commissioners, researching issues and meeting with residents, among other duties.

Not replacing Rayburn was going to save the county money, Stuart said.

Stuart and the other commissioners reversed course the next day on the pay raise. They will continue to receive $98,224 a year. Stuart said it was wrong to even consider taking the scheduled increase at a time when commissioners were freezing pay for county employees.

And guess what job has since been posted?

Yes, Clark County has an opening for senior policy analyst. The person “will conduct research and analyses on specific laws, codes and funding; and assist, advise and represent the Board of County Commissioners’ policy decisions as well as individual commissioners in their management and oversight of related issues within the county.” The analyst will provide “quality service to the residents of Clark County.”

Partial translation: Meet with ticked-off people, research whatever it is they are complaining about and explain to the commissioners why or why not anything can be done to solve the problem.

The salary ranges from $59,664 to $84,996 a year, depending on experience.

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree “in a related field of professional discipline (i.e. public or business administration, planning, environmental engineering, finance, economics, civil engineering) and a minimum of five years of increasingly responsible related professional experience, preferably in state or local government.”

The position will remain open until sufficient applications are received.


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