Wage adjustment proposal addressed to Board of Supervisors

            Area residents, county employees and representatives of the Ministerial Association expressed their concern or support for a proposed wage adjustment listed in the Keokuk County 2018 fiscal year budget for the General Assistance/Mental Health Administrator.

            The proposed wage increase made by the Board of Supervisors after a request by Administrator Tami Gilliland during the county budget presentations in January. After reviewing her request and comparing the wage with other Mental Health Administrators across the state-better known as CPCs-the Board came to the decision to adjust Gilliand’s wage to $50,000.

            “It’s more of an adjustment to the salary rather than a raise,” Chairman Mike Hadley said. “An adjustment can go either way, and this position the wage went up.”

            Members of the Board cited the budget for Mental Health going up because of Medicaid expansion and additional services needing to run through the county. Wishing to provide Gilliland with a competitive wage as a CPC, the Board included the adjustment in the budget, which would raise the wage by more than $15,000. 

Please view the April 12 edition of The News-Review for the full story.