Update: Keep an eye on this story later today. There is some push back developing over some of the personnel change, according to our political sources.
It took a year-plus of chaos but more changes appear on the way for the Floyd County elections office.
Squirreled away in the cramped first-level offices of the Floyd County Administration building a block off Broad Street, the county has plans to move it the Floyd County Health Department campus off East 12th Street once renovations for some vacant space is completed.
And now comes the elections staff itself. Stretched by the 2020 election cycle including delayed primaries, voting by mail, other COVID issues election challenges and national headline-making disgarded ballots, the County Commission on Tuesday will consider sweeping changes recommended by the three-member Floyd County Board of Elections.
Topping the list: salaries. When Robert Brady was hired in fall 2018 to run the department, the advertised salary for the county’s top elections officer was barely $37,200 a year. Neighboring counties already were paying higher.
With Brady gone, the commission is being asked to approve naming acting elections chief Vanessa Waddell the permanent boss at an annual salary of $65,000 — almost $30,000 more than the advertised 2018 salary.
Also on the agenda:
- An amendment to the Floyd County Classification and Compensation Plan to restructure the office of elections by creating two job classifications and adding one position each in classification in the Office of Elections: Deputy Elections Clerk, paygrade 16, non-exempt, $37,851-$47,314 hiring range; and Senior Elections Clerk, paygrade 12, non-exempt, $32,335-$40,419 hiring range
- Consider the amendment of the Classification and Pay Plan to retitle the Elections Technician job classification, paygrade 8, non-exempt, to Elections Office Assistant and to convert the existing two fulltime positions to two parttime positions: Two Part Time Elections Assistants, paygrade 8, non-exempt, equaling $26,791-$33,498.
- Recommendation from the Floyd County Board of Elections to consider a budget adjustment up to $102,000 to cover the increase in salary and benefits for the Floyd County Board of Elections.
Tuesday: Floyd County Commission meets with public hearings on millage rates, caucus, regular meeting: The commissioner meets at the County Administration Building at 12 E. Fourth Ave., A public hearing for the FY21 millage rate will be held at 8 a.m .and 6 p.m. in the Community Room (Suite 206). Caucus will begin at 4 p.m. in the Caucus Room (Suite 204), the regularly scheduled Board Meeting will commence immediately following the public hearing in the Community Room (Suite 206).