Routt County commissioners approve pay hike for airport employee

County also tables two similar YVRA requests

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— The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted this week to increase the compensation of one veteran employee at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, but tabled similar requests for two others.

Maintenance worker Don Marchbanks will see his hourly pay rate increased from $17 to $19.60 based on Airport Manager Dave Ruppel’s description of the expanded responsibilities he has taken on, County Human Resources Director Chris Hensen said.

Ruppel had requested that Marchbanks’ pay be increased to $21, but Hensen said after writing a new job description and a new pay scale with steps, she adjusted the new compensation in part to reflect the 5 percent pay cut all county employees have had to absorb during the past two years.

County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said similar requests that the job descriptions for airport administrative employees Bonnie Steele and Kristen Miller be rewritten and their compensation be adjusted were tabled.

The intent was to allow Ruppel and Hensen to meet and discuss whether Hensen had overlooked any of their expanded duties when studying the case Ruppel made for the changes.

Stahoviak said the system­atic re­­view of compensation, salary steps and job descriptions that Hensen undertakes is essential to the commissioners’ goal of being consistent and fair in reviewing employees’ compensation across departments.

“The process of reviewing the job descriptions of county employees is ongoing,” Stahoviak said. “We want to make sure that they accurately reflect their responsibilities. In some cases, it could be that an employee was not performing all of the duties in their job description and that position would need to be revised down.”

Marchbanks originally was hired as a maintenance worker assigned to the terminal and parking lot and terminal operations at YVRA. Rup­pel told Hensen in a memo that the job has evolved as the terminal has expanded.

“As the airport has grown, the level of responsibility and skill required of this position has grown significantly,” Ruppel wrote. “In an effort to save costs on terminal projects, we often rely on our maintenance personnel to complete projects ranging from minor electrical and construction (work) to major structural changes and improvements.”

Marchbanks’ new job des­cription is landside/terminal maintenance carpentry/electric.

— To reach Tom Ross, call 871-4205 or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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