In reviewing the County payroll, I saw that Amy Cowden the Mayor’s secretary made $52,549 for FY14. The Budget shows less that $50,000 so I sought clarification for her pay. The answer is below. She is paid from two cost centers, one being the Mayor and the other being Accounting.
It is mind boggling that someone who answers the telephone and writes post it notes got paid $28.55 and hour and is now making $26.94 and working more hours. What a waste of taxpayer resources. Two people could be employed for this amount of money. She only works 37.5 hours a week and makes over $50K annually. Where in the private sector does a secretary make this kind of money?
I wrote the Mayor and Finance Director and asked them to reconsider her pay rate. Thus far, I have not received a response.
Below is the three year information you requested on Amy Cowden.
Prior to August 19, 2013, Amy worked 30hrs/week. That resulted in a 65hr/pay period due to our pay dates falling on the 15th and 30th of each month.
Amy’s rate of pay on July 1, 2013 was $28.55/hr. for a 65hr/pay period.
On Aug.19, 2013, she began working a 37.5hr/week and that converts to a 81.5hr/pay period. Her rate of pay was $26.94/hr. for the 81.25hr/pay period.
Fiscal year 13/14 is the year the non-recurring compensation adjustment was given to employees and that is the reason for the variance in line #161.
Cost Center FY 2014-15 FY 2013-14 FY 2012-13
101-052100-162 7,750 6,749.20
101-051300-161 44,800 45,800 43,549.92
Total 52,550 52,549.20 43,549.92
The purpose in the salary split is as a result of Amy working for the Accounting Dept. as a result of staff realignment due to a retirement in December 2013. It made economic sense to do so rather than hire an additional employee.
If you have further questions please let me know.
Randy Vineyard, IOM
Blount County Finance Director