By David Howell
COFFEEVILLE – After a lengthy discussion in executive session supervisors voted 4-1 to dismiss the county’s purchasing clerk during the June 22 meeting. District 5 Supervisor Gaylon Gray cast the sole dissenting vote in a meeting that extended to mid-afternoon and was the longest in 2017.
While the details of the dismissal were discussed in executive session in accordance with an exemption allowed in state law for personnel matters, details of finding a replacement were discussed later in the day during open session,
Supervisors agreed to review the applications on file and that the deputy purchase clerk will handle the position until a replacement is hired. The pay for the position was set at $2,000 per month and hours will be from 8 a.m. until noon and from 1 to 5 p.m., similar to other clerical jobs in the county. Previously the start-time was 7:30 and the day ended at 4 p.m. with a 30-minute break for lunch.
The discussion also dipped into the pay scale for existing employees and past precedent for providing pay raises to ensure that employees were compensated fairly based on their duties and time on the job.