Wendy Liberatore has written a terrific story on the debacle over Saratoga County’s time and a half raises. Fortunately, the Times Union has raised its pay wall so readers can access it through this link to the full story.
The story focuses on Marcy McNamara who is the County’s Director of Human Resources.
In a recording of the March 17 Law and Finance Committee meeting Ms. McNamara offers a series of inaccurate and dubious statements.
At one-point Ms. McNamara credits herself (she earns $119,000.00/year and will receive the special pay increase) with the idea of increasing employee salaries citing that it “…creates a better, more manageable situation so everyone is not faking sick…”
“[Without the raises] you would get half of the staff saying they need to be on leave”
“It’s an employee relations move, we wouldn’t have staff in the offices”
For a person who is the head of Human Resources, her attitude toward the employees of the county is an eye opener. Are the county employees so poorly motivated and unprofessional that without a time and a half raise they would desert their duties and call in sick en mass? Do her comments apply to herself and the other salaried staff who are also receiving these raises?
Contrast this with the employees in Saratoga Springs who are soldiering on despite the risk and with no special pay incentives. I see police cars regularly driving our streets and when I go to the transfer station with my trash and recycling, the regular staff is always there.
Our county has many outstanding people serving us. If there is poor morale among the county’s employees the fault appears not to be with the employees but with the attitude of management.