Tuesday's work session was another in a series of meetings between the commissioners and Hankerson on the recommendations of the oversight committee. Of the committee's 201 recommendations included in the February report, the county has acted on about 75 percent of them, Hankerson said.
Commissioners, on the advice of Hankerson, rejected the oversight group recommendations to move the county's animal control agency from public safety to the police department. They also let Cobb EMA and human resources continue reporting to Hankerson.
Commissioners also decided Tuesday to create two volunteer committees, as recommended by the oversight panel, to review the county's audit work and employee compensation. The decision marks a change, specifically for Hankerson and Commission Chairman Tim Lee, who previously recommended against establishing the two groups.
Cobb has not had a compensation review in seven years. And tight budgets have meant no employee raises for the past few years and five furlough days in fiscal 2011, which the oversight panel noted was hurting workforce morale.
The volunteer committees will include at least five members: the commission chairman, another commissioner, two outside experts and another elected official. As part of the compensation committee's work, members will decide how best to complete an updated class and pay study for Cobb's workforce.
Last month, Hankerson recommended hiring an outside firm to conduct the study, which was estimated to cost $350,000. Although no decisions had been made at that time, residents immediately complained about the cost, and recommended the work be completed by the volunteer compensation committee.
Empty Cobb positions
Cobb County plans to refill these four positions at the listed salary ranges. The positions will be publicly advertised:
Purchasing director: $72,217-$117,416
Public safety director: $101,587-$165,651
Public service director: $96,803-$157,809
Deputy emergency management agency director: $56,596-$90,563
Source: Cobb County Office of Communications