County Board OKs Nursing Director Salary

At its Nov. 16, 2011 meeting, the Washtenaw County board of commissioners gave initial approval to hire a director of nursing for the public health department at a salary above the midpoint for this non-union job. All hires above the midpoint must receive approval by the board. A final vote is expected at the board’s Dec. 7 meeting.

The requested salary of $83,000 is less than the $95,342 paid to the previous director of nursing – Susan Lee, who retired in September – but above the position’s $73,964 midpoint. The suggested salary range is between $59,641 and $88,285. According to a staff memo, the previous salary reflected an 8% increase because of a temporary assignment of duties – part of a restructuring in the public health department due to declining revenues. Deborah Cain, who is expected to be hired as director of nursing, attended the Nov. 16 meeting. Commissioners had no comment on the item, which was passed unanimously as part of the consent agenda.

This brief was filed from the boardroom of the county administration building at 220 N. Main St. in Ann Arbor, where the board of commissioners holds its meetings. A more detailed report will follow: [link]