The Crow Wing County Board reclassified titles for certain individuals in the planning and zoning office Tuesday that resulted in salary increases.
Employees affected are those who have been carrying out former Planning and Zoning Administrator Dean Williams' duties since he resigned in May: County Water Planner Bonnie Finnerty, Zoning Technician Chuck Kauppi and Office Supervisor Tracy Giza.
Finnerty's title is now county planner and her salary will increase from $40,029 to $42,876. Kauppi's new title is inspection supervisor and his salary will increase from $41,256 to $42,876. Giza's title stayed the same and her salary will increase from $36,000 to $38,028.
The board also reclassified technical clerks Diane Guidi and Susan Maske to senior technical clerks for this year. Guidi's salary will increase from $30,481 to $31,740, and Maske's from $27,014 to $30,228.
The board also hired a planning assistant. Kristin Hansen was hired and earns $32,328.
County Administrator Peter Herlofsky Jr. said the salary increases are within the budget. He said the original budget had $374,000 in expenditures and with the salary increases the expenditures will be $367,000. The original budget projected $50,000 for a planning and zoning administrator.
Commissioner John Ferrari said he is still concerned and feels one person should be in charge of the office.
The County Community Health Services Department also does not have an administrator at this time. Carol Carlson, the former administrator, resigned earlier this month.
The county agreed to allow the supervisors in the health department to share Carlson's duties on a temporary basis. The supervisors are Debra Anderson, Gwen Leifermann, Joyce Mueller and Sheila Skogen.
The supervisors will receive an additional $300 per month in salary to compensate their extra duties.
The county formed a committee earlier this month to look at other options for the position before hiring an administrator.
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