Lycoming County commissioners approved several job reclassifcations Thursday ranging in multiple departments throughout county government.
The move was made to update job descriptions, duties and related salaries, which hadn't been done in about 20 years, according to commissioners.
Commissioner Jeff C. Wheeland said a county-funded study was conducted by Felice Associates Inc., of Greensburg, to update and reclassify positions within county government.
Most of the reclassifications come with an increase in pay.
He said the changes, which were budgeted, are needed.
"We have to stay competitive with the private sector, or we won't be able to hire anybody," he said. "We knew there were going to be changes even before we had the study done. It's nothing different than what the private sector does."
Wheeland said that commissioners wanted the study completed by an outside firm rather than in house.
"This will be an ongoing process throughout the year," he said of job reclassifications.
Thursday's 3-0 vote to make the changes affected employees in the following county departments: human resources, veterans affairs, commissioners, maintenance, public safety, resource management services, courts, sheriff and fiscal services.
Commissioners also approved the hiring of several individuals, including:
Sherrie L. Hook, full-time replacement clerk III, $13.34 an hour in the treasurer's office;
Janet K. Day, part-time replacement clerk I, $10.46 an hour, up to 1,000 hours annually in the treasurer's office;
Debra K. Noviello, part-time replacement clerk I, $10.46 an hour, up to 1,000 hours annually in the treasurer's office;
Jason A. Guerrisky, full-time temporary resident supervisor, $14.55 an hour at the Pre-Release Center.