It's been nearly two months since Kathy Dahlkemper became the Erie County Executive. But she still has four job openings on her administrative staff.
"Obviously, I've got to fill these positions," said Dahlkemper. "I think that we need to offer a salary that's equal to the skill level that we are looking for."
Those jobs, include an IT director, an administrative officer, a public health director, and a director of administration.
"I have candidates for the health department and for the IT director and for the administrative position." said Dahlkemper.
But the Erie County Executive is having trouble finding candidates for the director of administration.
"One of the issues over the years is the director of administration position has been very low salary," said Dahlkemper. "We had people in the last administration directly reporting to the director of administration who were making over $25,000 more than the director of administration."
So Dahlkemper is asking Erie County Council to bump the director of administration's pay up by $22,000, bringing the salary to $86,000 a year.
"It's a big job, big budgets under that position," said Dahlkemper. "The director of administration has well over 60% of the employees underneath their jurisdiction. Here in the county, we have 1,200 employees, and I added up 750 employees who through reporting, would be under the director of administration."
It's now up to Erie County Council to vote on Dahlkemper's job requests. They are expected to review those proposals at the next personnel meeting in March.