Yesterday, after Northampton County's Personnel Committee voted to make a temporary Assessor II position permanent, in a sign of a looming re-assessment, Peg Ferraro asked Human Resource Director Amy Trapp whether the County is every going to do a pay study so that everyone is paid fairly.
Trapp had several answers. First, a salary study is "very, very expensive." Second, she does not want to give employees false hope of changes that may never occur, which she said would be bad for morale. Third, the County is waiting for a salary study completed by the County Comm'rs Ass'n of Pa (CCAP) every other year. Fourth, the County is participating in a study with Lehigh and other similarly-sized counties. Fifth, county policy requiring a salary study every two years is too frequent. Sixth, every year, she will be approaching a few positions where she knows that salaries are compressed. Seventh, she said that this is a financial decision that should be made by the Executive and Council.
Bottom line. There will be no salary study. Trapp will pick and choose the positions she claims to now are in need of increases. Which will just cause more disparity and depress morale.