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    Posted: Oct 16 2013 at 6:30am
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County prosecutor: Employees are grossly underpaid

HAMILTON —
Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser told county commissioners this week that his employees are among the lowest-paid law enforcement officials in the region, and that it would take almost $360,000 added to his office’s budget to make their salaries competitive.

Gmoser said the lowest paid assistant prosecutor in his office makes $41,987 and the highest paid earns $120,040; though he noted half of that person’s salary is paid with delinquent tax collections.

Three attorneys make $40,000 to $50,000 annually; 14 assistants earn less than $60,000; eight of them make under $70,000; four members of his staff earn between $70,000 and $80,000; and a division chief on staff makes $83,900, Gmoser told commissions during budget hearings on Monday.

$120 thou? $40 thou to $83 thou range for these jobs? Nice salaries by today's standards and will afford the earner a decent standard of living. WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? THESE POSITIONS ARE COMPARABLE TO MID-MANAGEMENT LEVEL POSITIONS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. NOT OUT OF LINE FOR THE WORK THEY DO IMO.


The Butler County Sheriff’s Office has 23 people who made over $80,000 and eight who made between $70,000 and $80,000, including a few sheriff’s deputies.

AGAIN, WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

“We tried to do apples for apples, everything over $70,000,” said Jerome Cook, the prosecutor’s chief of staff. “But we don’t have that many people over $70,000, so we had to do apples and oranges.”

PERHAPS YOU ARE AIMING TOO HIGH JEROME. $70 GRAND AIN'T TOO BAD THESE DAYS. SHOULD BE HAPPY THEY'RE MAKING THAT AND NOT SOME LOUSY $6 BUCK AN HOUR JOB AT McD'S OR UDF AS A CASHIER. DON'T ROCK THE BOAT ON SALARIES IN A DEPRESSED ECONOMY. BE HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU'RE MAKING. IT COULD BE WORSE. YOU COULD BE STANDING IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE AND ON FOOD STAMPS. ALOT OF PEOPLE DOING JUST THAT.....JEROME.

Gmoser told commissioners his staff is a group of professionals with law degrees, who are making careers prosecuting criminals, not using his office as a stepping stone to more lucrative private practices. He said they deserve compensation commensurate with their education, skill and experience, and it’s going to take about $356,000 to get there

BUT GMOSER, IT DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK THAT WAY MATCHING SKILLS, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE. PROFESSIONALS WITH LAW DEGREES? SO WHAT? MANY ARE "PROFESSIONALS" AND WILL TAKE WHAT IS OFFERED BY A COMPANY, ESPECIALLY IN A LOUSY ECONOMY. COMPANIES ARE LOOKING FOR BARGAINS AND THEY HAVE AN IDEA WHAT A JOB IS WORTH AND WON'T BUDGE AND ARE NOT IMPRESSED WITH THE SHEEPSKIN, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE. IF THEY CAN HIRE CHEAP AND GROOM THE YOUNG CANDIDATE, THEY WILL. WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOUR PEOPLE ARE MORE SPECIAL THAN THE REST WITH EQUAL CREDENTIALS TO WARRANT A LARGE INCREASE?

During his budget hearing last week, Probate Judge Randy Rogers told the commissioners rookie attorneys fresh out of law school can start at $60,000 with the larger law firms.

BOTTOM LINE.....THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO TAKE THE JOB IF THEY COULD HAVE GONE TO A PRIVATE PRACTICE AND MADE MORE. PROBABLY DID, BUT WEREN'T SELECTED, SO THEY WENT THE GOVERNMENT ROUTE. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE PEOPLE IN THE PIPELINE FOR YOU GMOSER.....THE ONES THAT DIDN'T MAKE THE PRIVATE PRACTICE CUT.

Gmoser said he has been biding his time to go to bat for higher salaries. His office also compared Butler County to Clermont and Hamilton county prosecutor’s salaries and found the lowest paid assistant prosecutor in Cincinnati earns $54,122 and the most senior people make $108,160. The salary range in Clermont was $42,500 to $104,000 and the bulk of the salaries lie in the $65,000 to $80,000 range

THAT AIN'T BAD.
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