PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Opinion

An expensive clerk

By From page A4 | March 01, 2013

The Cameron Park Community Services District manager asked the board Feb. 20 to hire a full-time front desk person at a salary of $27,310 and $16,390 in benefits. That’s a total expense of $43,700 for a front desk person.

That’s a rather highly compensated “front desk person.” Indications from the board discussion are that the budget situation is sketchy and the community center is not paying its own way.

The front desk has been staffed by temporary workers who have not stuck with it for more than a few months at a time, despite annual compensation that the general manager estimated at $29,000-$34,000. That’s quite a spread. Nevertheless it doesn’t include benefits.

A more prudent approach would be to hire a permanent part-time person and keep the hours limited enough to avoid paying health and pension benefits. If the district can afford it, hire two part-time desk clerks and lower the pay. Paying $27,000 to start at a front desk is a little rich. Better to have longevity step increases to recognize experience on the job. Start the position at 20 grand.

If only one part-time worker can be hired, then the Recreation supervisor and sports coordinator can backfill. And skip the usual bureaucratic government panel interview. Pick some likely looking resumes and let the recreation supervisor hire the person he has to work with. If that person makes a hiring mistake it can be corrected by dropping the mistaken hire before the six-month probation period ends.

Keep it simple. Keep it affordable.

Mountain Democrat

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