New county employee policy doesn't yet include performance-based raises

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GREENFIELD — County officials are bracing to approve a new employee handbook, potentially putting to rest quirks in county policy that have been raising eyebrows for years.

But a key concern – whether to give raises based on performance – will still have to be addressed in 2014 because many job descriptions for employees are still not written.

The 109-page employee handbook has been two years in the making. Currently, policy on what types of benefits to offer and who should get salary raises has been put together piecemeal through a series of ordinances. With departments varying from public safety to highway, sometimes the policies vary from one office to the next.

After about a dozen four-hour meetings ironing out complicated differences, Hancock County commissioners are ready to pass a new countywide policy as early as Tuesday.

“We’re wanting it to be in effect at the first of the year,” said Commissioner Tom Stevens.

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