January 14, 2015

Commission reviews grievance process

By Chris Erickson

Another grievance filed at the county level made for a somewhat tense meeting last week when the Mercer County Commission met for its regular monthly meeting.
County Auditor Shana Brost updated the commission, noting that the grievance had moved on to step two of the formal process, meaning it would next be heard before the County Policy Committee.
At the time of the commission discussion, no meeting for the policy committee had been set. State’s Attorney Jessica Binder stated that no matter when it was it the individual commissioners didn’t need to know when each grievance was filed. “That could undermine the process,” she said. “Step one is to resolve it informally between the employee and supervisor and this board is not to be involved in the day-to-day affairs of any department head’s department.”
Binder referenced previous problems with grievances filed against county departments and “commissioner involvement in some of the underlying procedure.” She noted that because the commission would ultimately decide on the issue if it went past the policy committee they needed to have no involvement in the process.


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