Supervisors to Consider Hiring Freeze

Posted on 21 January 2014 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—The Boone County Board of Supervisors will discuss instituting a hiring freeze for all Boone County Departments with no exceptions.  The Board will discuss the matter during their regular meeting Wednesday.  The Board has been receive budget requests and still has not gotten into the individual department budgets including public safety and mental health services.

The City of Boone was pretty successful with their hiring freeze a few years ago.  Boone Mayor John Slight says it was one of the primary factors that allowed the City to balance it’s budget and gradually build cash reserves in several accounts.  Slight said the Council is still reluctant to approve hiring new people unless it can be justified.  The hiring freeze did lead to a reduction in staff from more than 80 to just over 60 full time personnel.

The Supervisors have previously been reluctant to approve the hiring of a new employee, unless there was justification.  Most recently, the Board worked out an arrangement with Dave Frost, County Health and Sanitation to handle the duties of Buildings and Grounds Supervisor.  The Supervisors had also tried to combine the Boone County Conservation Naturalist position with the Boone County Landfill Environmental Education Coordinator position, but were unable to make it work out.  The position was originally combined, but was separated over five years ago.

The Board is set to discuss and consider action on instituting a county wide hiring freeze at 11:00 AM, in the Board Room at the Boone County Courthouse Wednesday.

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