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County studies hiring issues

— If department heads get their wish, Routt County will fund 10 new employees representing seven full-time equivalents in the 2002 budget. But County Manager Tom Sullivan and the Board of Commissioners are expected to take a close look at those hiring requests today.

“We will look very carefully at every request,” Commission Chairwoman Nancy Stahoviak said Monday. “Any time you add an employee, that cost does not go away.”

Sullivan said he will make recommendations to the county commissioners about each of the hiring requests from department heads.

His highest priority are two employees in the emergency dispatch department who have already been hired, but are not formally approved in the budget.

Other requests include an erosion control specialist in the building department, road and bridge personnel and a computer mapping specialist.

Commissioner Dan Ellison said no final decisions will be made today, but Stahoviak said department heads will have a clear idea what to expect after the meeting.

Sullivan said department heads will be asked to justify their hiring requests in terms of their anticipated revenues in the coming year.

“We have several departments that have requested additional positions,” Sullivan said. “We’ll be looking to see how that fits with anticipated permit revenues. Each department needs to rationalize and tell us why e need to add these employees.”

Ellison said he doesn’t anticipate that the county will be able to afford to hire all of the new employees department heads have requested.

“It’s going to be difficult for us to find where the money is going to be,” Ellison said.


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