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Committee to recommend end to commissioner benefits

Four motions were required before a final decision was reached, but the Employee Compensation and Benefits Committee will recommend the elimination of health and life insurance benefits for commissioners during the November meeting of the full board.

Chairman Gary McAllister presented three courses of action during last week’s committee meeting that follow state statute requirements: eliminate health and life insurance for commissioners with three months’ notice; allow commissioners to pay for health and life insurance with one month’s notice; continue with the current program, which would allow commissioners to be added in the event of a major life change and during the annual open enrollment period.

According to the county benefits coordinator, Commissioners Sam Humphreys and Steve Light are the only two who elected to receive health insurance during fiscal 2014-15, which is a total cost to the county of approximately $35,000. More...

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