When I went searching for the people Democrat Jack Franks wanted to hire, I thought he would have done so in December.
Turns out that he didn’t accomplish the goal of hiring a caseworker (whom he calls an Executive Assistant) and a Communications Specialist until January.
Part of my search consisted of filing a Freedom of Information request for Human Resource Department paperwork.
I asked for all the new hires in county government during December.
Most surprising were three in the Circuit Clerk’s Office.
They were for the position of Court Specialist I.
This is an entry level job.
Paying not much.
What surprised me was that three of those higher had bachelor’s degrees.
One was saving money to go to law school and seeking court experience.
The other two were not.
It reminded me of reading about college grads sweeping streets in India decades ago.
When I asked Circuit Clerk Kathy Keefe about it, she replied,
“I am always surprised by that as well. We have hired quite a number with Bachelor’s Degrees over the last few years, and our recent group of hires oddly enough all had degrees.
“Court Specialist I is our entry level position that we have in all our divisions, but generally work our counters, phones, and clerk in the courtrooms.
“We have been very lucky to get some really great pools of applicants through the County’s HR Department.
“This last group of hires are all working out very well.
“The biggest risk of hiring those with degrees is that sometimes they leave fairly quickly because they get better offers.
“If we have higher level positions that open up and we are able to promote them, sometimes we can keep them.
“If we don’t, many times they get poached by attorneys or even other departments here in the Courthouse.
“My theory is that I would rather have sharp people for a shorter time, than ‘not so sharp’ for a long time.”
Asked about pay, Keefe sent the following:
“[They] start at $12.25 per hour, but after 6 months they are evaluated and if they meet certain training goals they are eligible for an additional $.50 per hour.
“They are eligible for an additional $.50 per hour at the end of 12 months of employment if they are doing well.”