The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has adopted several measures toward improving pay and compensation for its employees.
The board unanimously approved Phase 2 of the updated pay rate project during its Nov. 7 business meeting. The measures will include implementations of new pay plans and placement methodologies. Broad Run Supervisor Ron Meyer (R) was absent for vote.
The board’s effort to improve its classification and compensation plan started in 2016 after procuring the services of Evergreen Solutions LLC. One of Evergreen’s findings was that the county fell behind its target market position of 95 percent of comparative positions. Loudoun’s estimated market position has been as low as 86 percent.
The board has now approved a new compensation philosophy placing Loudoun at a range of 95 to 105 percent of the average mid-point of the competitive comparator market—which is used to determine how much an employee may earn.
With new supervisors starting in January, Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) requested at the Oct. 8 finance committee meeting that all new supervisors meet with the county's human resources and Evergreen to avoid a delay in updating the county's compensation plan.
Once approved, new job descriptions and salary grades will be provided for employees. No employee is expected to receive a decrease in pay, according to county officials. County staff is targeting the first half of 2020 to complete the work and implement any salary increases. A total of 66 percent of the county’s classified employee workforce are slated for an increase.
Cost of implementing the new pay plans is $25.4 million -- $11 million of which is in the current year's budget. Implementation of the new pay plans, policies and procedures would occur around July 1.
“This is a milestone for us,” finance committee chairman and Dulles Supervisor Matthew Letourneau (R) said. “We are finally reaching the point where we are competitive with the other jurisdictions. We have a wholesale philosophy change for our public safety employees, which is on par with what we are seeing and what the competition is out there. We’re sending a message to our employees that we want to keep you, we want you to stay here and we’re going to pay you accordingly.”
The board’s approval includes approving the open range pay plan for general workforce employees and approving the grade and step plans for all uniformed employees in Loudoun County Fire & Rescue and sworn employees with the sheriff’s office. Staff was authorized to utilize a tenure placement methodology for placing non-supervisory ranks and a time-in-rank methodology for placing supervisory ranks into the new plan.