County Employment Contracts
When Hillsborough County leadership considers employment terms, the mantra is always “What would the private sector do?”
When was the last time that any of the County Board of County Commissioners ran a private sector company?
I ask this not because I think they aren’t capable, but rather that I question how well they are steeped in the realities of today’s private sector business enterprise.
When an employment opening occurs in the private sector, a careful examination of the duties and desired performance goals are determined and made part of the candidate search. No one is even considered who does not meet the minimum requirements thus set forth.
Our County Charter requires certain things, such as minimal education and residency requirements. Waiving either or both of these, set a hazardous precedent which future commissioners will then be bound.
What goals are set forth? Balance the budget by 2013? Finance light-rail by 2014? How will anyone know if someone has succeeded if no goals are first set forth?
Private enterprise always looks to draw the best possible talent from the widest available employment pool. This is done by at least running a small employment ad in the local paper. An important job opening begs a national search. While it is easy to promote the next person in line, it may not be the best answer. A fresh face with new ideas may bring fresh results.
When the private sector promotes someone to a higher position, that person is NEVER given close to the same salary and benefits as the person leaving that position had. Why? Because they can, and should.
The grim reality of private enterprise today is that VERY talented and experienced people are willing to accept much less money and benefits just to be working again. It is a buyer’s market. Also, starting someone out at top salary leaves no room to reward outstanding performance. It is impossible, short of termination, to reduce someone’s salary for poor performance.
How do private sector salaries stack up to public sector salaries?
Check out the top 5%
How about fed vs. county?
The voters of Hillsborough County hired the current board of commissioners, in their minds, to best represent them. We all entrusted them in turn to hire the best available candidates, at the most affordable salaries to accomplish the most important County goals.
I only question if we are getting what we bargained for.
<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen