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County to consider employee raises


October 28, 2018

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission is slated to consider cost-of-living and longevity raises for county employees during Tuesday’s meeting.

According to the resolution, employees with one year of service would receive a 2.5 percent raise and workers with less than a year of employment will receive their 2.5 percent raise when they reach the one-year mark.

The resolution also provides for additional longevity raises of 0.5 percent for employees with between five to 10 years of employment, 0.75 percent for 10 to 15 years, 1 percent for 15 to 20 years and 1.25 percent for 20 years or more.

If approved the raises would not include grant and contract employees and it would go into effect starting Nov. 18.

Curry County Manger Lance Pyle said if approved the raises would add an annual cost of approximately $152,000.

“The large majority of the funds will be coming from vacancy savings, with the largest vacancies in detention, road and sheriff office this fiscal year,” Pyle wrote. “Also the county has had two chief deputies, treasurer and assessor, and an undersheriff vacant this fiscal year. The remainder will come from cost-cutting measures and savings as expenses came in under projections.”

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. in the commission chambers at the Curry County Administrative Complex, 417 Gidding:

• The commission will vote on a resolution supporting the New Mexico Association of Counties’ 2019 legislative priorities, which includes detention facility funding, tax reform, Forfeiture Act reform and behavioral health improvements in detention facilities.

The county’s resolution also includes four additional suggested legislative actions: changing to the Whistleblower Protection Act, allowing counties to adopt property tax rebates for low income property owners every other year, removing the requirement for counties to have a probate judge and a modifying the Industrial Revenue Bond.

• The commission will vote on a pair of budget adjustments for two new grants, $28,887 for the DWI prevention program and $4,260 for the bulletproof vest program.


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