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Warren County set to hire sanitary district manager

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County may soon hire a new manager for the Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District.

The Board of Supervisors at their meeting Tuesday authorized the county administration to set the pay grade for the district manager position at $59,312. The board took action after discussing the matter in closed session.

Officials could name a new district manager by the next board meeting, County Administrator Douglas P. Stanley said Wednesday. The county has advertised the position, interviewed prospective hires and selected a candidate for the job. Stanley explained he needed the supervisors to authorize the administration to set the salary for the position before the county could offer the job to the candidate. If the candidate accepts the offer the county can hire the person, according to Stanley

The position has remained vacant since the last manager, Chris Fisher, left the job in early February after working for the county since July 2010. Fisher returned to work as a consultant for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The current fiscal budget included funding for the position, the pay for which comes in at slightly less than what the county paid Fisher, Stanley said.

Deputy County Administrator Robert B. Childress, who also started working for the county July 1, 2010, took over the duties in overseeing the Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District after Fisher left. That added responsibility prompted supervisors to grant a pay raise to Childress. In the closed session the supervisors and officials also discussed the deputy administrator position.

After members came out of the session the supervisors voted to approve a 5 percent salary increase for Childress. Supervisors commended Childress for his work overseeing the sanitary district while the manager remained vacant.

As Stanley explained the board approved increasing Childress' pay grade by two steps, raising the salary by 2 1/2 percent at each step. The action increases Childress' salary from $85,051.49 to $90,250.78, according to Stanley. The change also reflects a 1-percent raise to offset the increased contribution to the Virginia Retirement System.

The current budget, approved before supervisors backed Childress' pay raise, does not include funding for the additional salary, according to Stanley. The county will cover the raise with money from its contingency fund, Stanley said.

1 Comment

It's only proper that, in these hard times, folks in government (a.k.a. "Public Servants") should take care of themselves first.

$90,250.78 is approximately the average household income for Warren County, Isn't it? Undoubtedly the figure for the town is slightly higher. Anyway, it's only just, fair, and harmonious with the common good that the county should welcome a refugee from VDOT's downsizing with a big hug and a pay package to match.

Say, doesn't the county need some new buildings? After all, construction costs are low these days because of the depression and all of the out-of-work craftsmen -- and the fact that so many of them are local is a big plus. Why wait for boom times, when everybody's employed and the county can afford it?

In fact, the county could build the new buildings and then hire all the folks who are out of work to fill them! Now there's a plan! If DC can do it, why can't we? So what if we can't print our own money. We can just sneak through another bond issue!

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