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County Employees Who Flunk Performance Reviews To Get Reduced Salaries

Employees who perform well will be eligible for pay hikes, but those who flunk could face salary reductions of 5.5 percent annually.

Most non-union Riverside County employees who work in supervisory positions will be eligible for performance-based pay hikes -- and could be subject to pay reductions -- under a program approved today by the Board of Supervisors.

"The double-edged sword concept  is good here," Supervisor Marion Ashley said. "You can't have it all upside. Somebody might need a wake-up call to start doing their job."

In a 5-0 vote, the board expanded the county's Performance Recognition Plan to include non-union managers in every county department.

In collective bargaining agreements approved by the board over the last year, unionized employees were guaranteed annual merit -- or "step" -- salary increases as well as cost-of-living hikes and other benefits in exchange for acceding to the county's pension overhaul.

In a separate board action on July 31, managers in the D.A.'s office were awarded compensation increases of 5 to 9 percent, while executive-level sheriff's personnel were given increases ranging from 10 to 18 percent.

In granting the hikes, which were part of an effort to fix salary disparities, the board directed the Department of Human Resources to amend the county's Executive Performance Recognition Program so it strengthens evaluation criteria on which future pay hikes are based. The result was the new Performance Recognition Plan.

Under it, non-union, or "unrepresented," employees who serve at-will in supervisory capacities will be eligible for annual merit pay increases of 2.71 percent -- after they have reached the top of their salary ladder, which could be anywhere between 14 and 38 percent of base pay, according to human resources documents.

Evaluations are to be conducted by department heads using a "leadership development tool" that measures results, documents stated.

Employees who flunk could face salary reductions of 5.5 percent annually.

"What I like about this is it works both ways," Supervisor Jeff Stone said. "Like in the private sector, there's an incentive to work hard and be rewarded, but also a provision that if you don't do the job, you'll be demoted."

The number of employees who will be included in the performance-based system wasn't immediately clear.

Among the qualifying positions listed were the assistant clerk of the board, the assistant chief probation officer, the Department of Animal Services director, the assistant registrar of voters and the assistant public defender.

The HR department noted that all pay raises are contingent on the county's fiscal health.

Like unionized employees, the non-union managers will receive 2 percent annual COLAs for the next three years. They will also be permitted to redeem up to 80 hours of unused vacation time each year.

Vic November 28, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Sorry T 22, I just get sucked into the ridiculousness of it all. I know it's incredibly annoying.
Ethan Edwards November 28, 2012 at 04:21 PM
California government workers make on average about $65,640 a year, second only to Washington, D.C. at $70,116. New Jersey is third at $64,140, while New York is fourth at $62,364. Connecticut public employees are fifth at $60,456 in yearly salaries. However, public employees in CA are at the top of the public salaries . Living in CA is not cheap, housing, property, taxes and gasoline are the highest in the nation. Should we have less qualified employees......pay them what McDonalds pays its workers??? Do you want the McDonalds drive through girl to be your policemen?
Ethan Edwards November 28, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Here is a fact I just learned. There’s one category where California is not a leader – the ratio of government workers per 10,000 residents ranks near the bottom of the list. Meaning, although our workers make more there are less people to accomplish the same amount of work as other states.....should they not average higher pay. LOL.....Jerry, seems your post was not factual when you look at the facts. You can take any of your Right Wing studies, focused on making unions look bad because they contribute to Democrats.....BUT....... Obama won........FOUR MORE YEARS......Conservatism lost.......BOO HOO HOO
Vic November 28, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I love the part where the supervisor says, "the double-edged sword concept is good here....Somebody might need a wake-up call to start doing their job."" Only the non-union workers need a wake-up call? What about union workers? No need for accountability? Unions are great as far as their original purpose went but, as with everything else, greed takes over and curruption spreads and some, not all, take advantage of the union's protection and coast. Everyone deserves the double edge sword concept, union workers included!
V.W.D.S. November 28, 2012 at 04:42 PM
looks like it did work. I don't see the comments anymore. Thank you Patch!
Martha L. Bridges November 28, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Please go back and read or reread the Patch's Terms of Use or Service. This kind of comment is purely personal and has no place in this comment section. Readers are no interest in your personal squabble with someone else. It's high time the Patch cleaned up these comment sections and permanently banned people who continue to make these kinds of remarks. Take your personal fights elsewhere.
Martha L. Bridges November 28, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Please go back and read or reread the Patch's Terms of Use or Service. This kind of comment is purely personal and has no place in this comment section. Readers are no interest in your personal squabble with someone else. It's high time the Patch cleaned up these comment sections and permanently banned people who continue to make these kinds of remarks. Take your personal fights elsewhere.
BLUESGUITAR777 November 28, 2012 at 04:56 PM
It's about time... however more often than not it doesn't.
Galactic Cannibal November 28, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Hey Dude , Dudette, All comments written in any thread on the internet, are stored in giant servers. by orgs .like Google etc. There is no escape from being recorded.
Galactic Cannibal November 28, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Nuke Negro, Dude calm down . chill out and burn a big spleef.
Galactic Cannibal November 28, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Dude, The FBI like the old KGB are nothing more than a gang of political criminals.
On the right side November 28, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Hell NO, he's one of the useless 47% who pay NO taxes.
One Voice November 28, 2012 at 05:34 PM
FYI Toni will not remove anyone from the patch and flagging as inappropriate doesn't always work. I was told that if you find a poster offensive you need to copy and paste that posting into an email and send it to patch@support.com.
The Teller of Truth November 28, 2012 at 06:02 PM
"All comments written on the Patch even when erased stay on your home page" Not true! Not if your entire account gets booted, then ALL the comments on your home page gets erased. The acct then shows up as "page not found".
Ethan Edwards November 28, 2012 at 06:02 PM
LOL......let's see PEA NUT. The White House is controlled by a Liberal...after Bush's depression almost destroyed the country. The US Senate...a Liberal majority. The state of California- a liberal super majority!!! Seems that most Americans agree with me.....Now Riverside County, where you are all up in arms about signed Union contracts are all Conservative......LOL....majorities rule Democracies. My ideas are here to stay!!
Ethan Edwards November 28, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Thats correct.....all the threats Roy Holmgren, Vic and Dave Peters, are all public record.
The Teller of Truth November 28, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I've been successful @ getting my stalker removed. Currently Vince is trying to open up a blog for these folks to go. Its under the 'Twinkies' thread if some of you folks are interested. I think its a great idea for these kinds of people to go & sound off as much as they like on each other. Hope it entertains them for a long time too.
Ethan Edwards November 28, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Its like you conservatives attacking the President......LOL, you going to impeach him??? LOL.Attacking the County Unions does NOTHING to stop them from existing.....its like blah, blah......blah blah blah.....
Ethan Edwards November 28, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Vic "Roy". its 8:26am, using your employers computer to come online and blog is cheating your company out of money, in other words.....your being a lazy puke.
Ethan Edwards November 28, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Waiting ROY!!!!! LOL
Ethan Edwards November 28, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Slapped down and Vic immediately hides.
Vic November 28, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Yeah, Jeff. I'm cowering here underneath my cell phone. I'm self employed, moron! I'll alert my boss so here can chastise me!
Frankie November 28, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I bet whatever mental facility he is housed in took his Obama phone away
Vic November 28, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Someone needs to take Ethan's human race card away, Frankie. Talk about fraud....
Frankie November 28, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I can hear it now,"hello FBI, i'd like to report a coo coo bird that posts hate, racism, name calling and threats on a internet site called the Patch", the next sound that you would hear is "click".
Nuke Negro November 28, 2012 at 07:52 PM
The moron Jeff Kleiner has claimed many times to have called the police....contacted the DA....and even claimed to have filed a restraining order,,,, I called to check and went in person to check...ALL FAKE!!! He is a fake. The is nothing truthful about him except that he is a friendless worthless POS
Frankie November 28, 2012 at 07:56 PM
In the internet you can be anything you want, it's strange that so many people choose to be stupid.
Retired Fellow November 28, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Those that may appear to be lacking in physical fitness, can out perform the bikini model and the body builder in analytics or other areas of the job. Don't discount the fat guy or gal, there is a reason he/she is still on the police force. It is not all about running people down these days. There is a TON of police work that is done off the streets.
Bridget E. Johnson November 29, 2012 at 08:09 AM
The Republican 8:11 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 There will be no side show this time. I am going to be vacationing on and off the rest of the year. So I wont be heard from on here again this year.
Vic November 30, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Did you just catch on now, Bridget? I hope you didn't miss the show. It was one for the record books!

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