Big Raises Leading To Big Headaches For County Officials

Some county employees at the courthouse have been expressing outrage this week, after learning about raises given to three secretaries for the County Commissioners.

Chief County Clerk Tracey Patton, who serves as Secretary for Commissioner Tony Amadio, is slated to receive a $5,725 yearly salary increase effective October 15th. Commissioner Joe Spanik’s Secretary Lisa Walker, and Commissioner Dennis Nichols’ Secretary Sharon Knopp, were also approved for $5,725 salary increases by the Commissioners.

“An Archer Review was done for Tracy Patton, which determined she should be at the higher pay scale” Commissioner Amadio told the Beaver Countian. Archer studies are independent reviews of an employee’s job responsibilities conducted by an outside firm contracted by the county. “When Tracy is not here the other two secretaries fill in, and they all do similar jobs, so the decision was made to increase their salaries as well.”

“We didn’t dispute the Archer decision for Tracy, and decided that to maintain consistency among the three secretaries the other two would receive similar increases” said Commissioner Dennis Nichols. “They may be called secretaries, but they have jobs with a great deal of responsibility. They carry out a lot of duties on our behalf on a regular basis.”

Patton’s salary will increase from $42,861 per year to $48,586. Walker and Knopp will see their salaries increase from $38,124 to $43,849, a raise of over 15%.

Employees from other county departments, including the Prothonotary’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office, have said the raises will affect their negotiations with the county. Commissioners have called for cuts of 10% from all major departments, and are asking unions representing public employees to make concessions due to budgetary difficulties facing the county.

 

11 comments

  1. If you’re calling for cuts you don’t give others raises, especially when people not only in the country are struggling but so are county residents…SHAME !!! Does this outfit consider the region/economy…bet not…Why do these people keep getting re-elected?

  2. What exactly is Mrs. Patton’s role since Vince lavalle is the financial manager? And Mr. NIcoles as a former employee of the county, I think most offices especially court related have much more responsibilits when you need to answer to the courts–what a joke..do not try to justify taking care of your own people will not forget Mr. Nichols you were suppose to be a CONSERVATIVE!!!!

  3. Wait, let me get this straight!!!! They’ve cut the staff at Friendship Ridge, asked the courthouse employees to take a pay freeze, offered early retirement packages, harassed the Sheriff about paying “overtime” and deputies doing details that they have been doing for years, along with, I’m sure other “county money issues”, and the Commissioners have the audacity to give their secretaries a pay raise?? Wow!! Talk about a slap in the face!!! What are these commissioners smokin’????

  4. what a pack of dirty lying RATS.. No money my ass, Who gets a 6,000.00 dollar raise when you have no money? Some of those people mostly woman work like dogs for years and don’t make half that money they just got. When is it going to STOP… this is a complete outrage and if I worked there I WOULD NOT ever VOTE for them again, and guess what I’m not voting for you either. LIAR LIAR. SO UNFAIR…

  5. Someone should show the Commissioners how much secretaries make in the real world. Secretaries in Beaver County aren’t making $50,000 a year I can tell you that!

  6. HOW can they justify these raises 3 of there secretaries making almost 150 grand a year? they shut down half of friendship ridge. They weren’t the only raises that were passed out. why didn’t anyone mention the other people who got raises. .They were all the people who work directly for the commissioners and by the way NICKLES YOU MAKE ME SICK. i’ts not what you know IT’S WHO YOU KNOW..

  7. A OFFICE CLERK AT WASTE MANAGEMENT RETIRED A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. SHE WAS MAKING AROUND $30,000 AND HAD OVER TWENTY YEARS WITH THE COUNTY. SHE WAS ALSO IN THE UNION. THAT SAME JOB IS NOW A NON UNION JOB AND THE GIRL THAT COMMISSIONER NICKLES HIRED FOR THAT POSITION IS MAKING $50,000. WHAT IS HER QUALIFICATIONS? SO WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT IS PROBABLY WHAT STARTED ALL OF THIS ABOUT THE COMMISSIONERS SECRETARIES.

    • HER QUALIFICATION IS THAT SHE IS RELATED TO COMMISSIONER NICOLES. AND THE UNION LET HIM TAKE THAT JOB. I WONDER WHAT KIND OF DEAL THEIR UNION PRESIDENT CUT WITH THE COMMISSIONERS TO LET ANOTHER ONE OF THEIR JOBS GO. SHAME ON THEM.

  8. The commissioners gave back badges so sheriff can hire more deputies approved by
    whimpy commissioners. They will never win another election/Democratic and union have had enough THE MUTANY BEGINS NOW!!!

  9. Chief CLERK she is just by record WTF sign shit??? she is a secretary that says to cleaning company put more maxi pads in the restroom and fucking shit paper and .. bitch that she should run and has people ask her yeah yeah..

    And other 2 LOL LOL the REPUBLICAN i got no balls, his secretary is sharp ….looking… the bulb needs changed

    and UNION PROUD ….hold on puke.. joe SPANDEX his oh yeah she is a quick one thier.. what answer the phone and wait for a vendor to bring a buffet in…please

    but they made a trouble maker at DPW an asst director who was a secretary gave her a pay raise to boot so workers would listen better when she relayed orders from the director, now she bitches to ALL that will listen she needs more money

    its a joke, deputies getting paid OT to basically work commuinty events on county dime instead of the towns dime AKA atta boys to benefit the sheriff politically,

    Glad i got my retirement, dumb fucks

  10. Raises are a joke, but look its like 15k, the commissioners let sheriff budget go up 2million , fulltime to wand at front door an sit in court room gets 60g, then overtime to work San Rocco and mpi and drink on duty,, createa magazine so we know bradys run is still there for200k a year. Give a airport away free, wtf is 15k

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