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Fri., May 2, 2008, 10:01 a.m.

Press: We Don’t Need Another Stinkin’ Wage Study

Item: The joys of being consulted/Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: When the caller ID shows Kootenai County, Idaho, smiles plaster the Philadelphia faces of the Hay Group. Why not? Kootenai County spent $60,000 on a salary study by the Hay Group in 2005, and now they're eager to donate another $15,000 to compare employee salaries with market conditions. "It has been somewhat brought to our attention that some of our positions ... do not meet the existing market standards and we need to confirm that," Commissioner Rick Currie said. To which Sheriff Rocky Watson unholstered this retort: "We don't need another study. We just need to implement the last study." The county has waded through controversy on this topic for the better part of a decade, hiring consultants to compile at least three salary studies and, as far as we can tell, using none of them.

Question: Does the county need another study? Or the guts to implement the last one, as Rocky Watson says?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.