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Council approves compensation plan

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Employees at the end of their pay grade will receive lump sum payment

By Jennifer Garcia

Los Alamos County employees who have reached the end of their pay grade for their job title will get a lump sum payment as compensation, at least for another year.

During Tuesday night’s county council meeting, councilors voted 5-2 in favor of the lump sum payment. Councilors Michael Wheeler and Vincent Chiravalle voted against it.

Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan reminded council that the agenda item was a follow-up to a council request made at a prior meeting.

Stepan explained that staff looked at various ways to compensate employees who have reached the end of their pay grade, but found that the lump sum payment option was still the best.

“We reviewed a number of options, such as extra vacation, but many people have sufficient vacation already and find it challenging to use. It didn’t seem like an appealing way to compensate them. We did review options and we recommend that we do a lump sum payment one more year,” she said.

Wheeler wanted to know what criteria is used to determine who gets compensated. Stepan said that staff evaluates the employees’ performance and the job that was performed.


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