Ocean View Town Council discusses Hendricks compensation study

Date Published: 
Oct. 27, 2017

In 2012, the Ocean View Town Council hired Hendricks & Associates to conduct a compensation study to analyze the duties of town employees. The thought was to develop a salary grade and range structure so that the Town would not have retention issues.

“Since 2012, a lot of our positions have changed,” said Town Manager Dianne Vogel. “People are doing different duties. Some positions are new.”

Vogel said each position is looked at in seven different categories, including job complexity, education and experience, and physical demands.

“These weighted points are proprietary information designed by Mr. Hendricks. He uses these points in all of his compensation plans, except for schools.

“These weights don’t change by any amount, ever.”

Now mayor of the town, Walter Curran said this week that, with the Town administrative staff now fully understanding the system, they can better explain the rankings to employees.

“A year ago, nobody had any faith in this system, because nobody really understood it.

There were some mistakes made… We’ve fixed those mistakes. I think, with all the effort of these two leaders, they now fully understand how it works.”

“There was a lot of angst last year that came from employees… This didn’t make sense. There was some disagreement as to where people were placed on the charts... I’m not going to have any issue having my folks understand this now,” agreed Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. “I think all of that angst is going to be eliminated.”

Councilman Frank Twardzik said he was also pleased with staff’s review of the study and how it will impact employees.

“When we first started this, we made a promise to employees… We have followed through on that. I commend Dianne for doing that reevaluation on every employee on what their job is. I think that was necessary in order to get an accurate description.”

“I commend all the department heads and the town manager, because you put it an awful lot of work on this,” added Curran.