Curry County Commission approves pay raises

By Emily Crowe

CMI STAFF WRITER

ecrowe@cnjonline.com

All Curry County employees and elected officials will be receiving a pay increase, some as early as next month.

The Curry County Commission voted Friday in a special meeting to raise the salaries of county employees on a graduated scale, dependent on how much each respective employee is currently paid.

“It was a consensus that we look at doing something for the employees who are making less and look at something a little higher for them,” said County Manager Lance Pyle.

Employees earning below $30,000 per year will receive a 4 percent increase while employees paid between $30,001 and $40,000 per year will receive a 3 percent increase.

Those who are paid between $40,001 and $50,000 per year will receive a 2.5 percent increase, those paid between $50,001 and $60,000 per year will receive a 2 percent increase, and those earning more than $60,001 per year will receive a 1 percent increase.

Employees will receive the pay increase once they are off the county’s mandatory one-year probation period. Those already past the probationary period will receive the increase as of Aug. 18.

In addition, elected officials will receive a 4 percent pay increase beginning Jan. 1, in line with statutory limits set forth by the New Mexico Legislature.

According to state law, no salary increase will take effect until the first day of the term of an elected official who takes office after Jan. 1, 2014.

Therefore, pay increases for the sheriff, assessor, probate judge and commissioners from districts 1 and 2 will take effect Jan. 1, 2015. Pay increases for the clerk, treasurer and commissioners from districts 3, 4 and 5 will take effect Jan. 1, 2017.

The commission voted last July for a 3 percent pay increase for elected officials, which took effect Jan. 1, 2013.

Pyle said the money for the employee and elected official raises will come out of the county’s general operational fund.

Money set aside for the raises totals $196,000 over the course of this fiscal year, including money paid into benefits, although Pyle said not all of the county’s 184 employees are currently eligible for the raise since many are not yet off their probationary year.

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