b.o.e. stealing credit where credit is due

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Jan Kiene

Leipsic, OH

#1 Sep 12, 2010
In response to the recent comments made by election board chairperson, Marie Heitmeyer justifying pay raises to Director Lammers and Assistant Director Burkhart; Heitmeyer did not give credit where credit was due. In reference to Priceís salary Price made $20.00 an hour after 15 years on the job, Lammers is within less than one dollar of making that much after working 2 years.
How can Heitmeyer compare a personís accumulated overtime over 15 years to one personís one year raise. Why did all the problems start in March of 2008.
Heitmeyer accused Price of excessive overtime. In 2006/2007 Putnam County experienced the flooding of the election office and court house(she wasnít the only county employee working overtime); there was 7 elections in 2007,(there has only been 2 elections since Lammers, Burkhart, Kuhlman and Heitmeyer have been running the show). 2006/2007 was also the year that new touch screen voting machines where put into place, causing mandatory training for Price, election board personal and poll workers . The $1,350.00 per day fee was a one- time expense to pay the voting machine tech person when the new machines were placed; fee was authorized by the state.
Heitmeyer mentioned that election board members no longer get medical insurance. This has nothing to do with the current director or board. This was eliminated years before by the county commissioners. The only people getting credit for this saving should be past or present commissioners -not the present election board staff.
This board and directors have been under State- Oversight and continue to be. It is not okay to give raises to these people when the state doesnít think they are doing a good job. OH! There has been no mention of hiring a new employee; ď another slap in the face of the county employees who daily face hiring and wage freezes.ď
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