County approves early step increase for new circuit court clerk

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Members of the Osceola County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an early step increase for the new circuit court clerk at their meeting on Feb. 16.

County Clerk Karen Bluhm said she received more than 60 applications for the position and interviewed five candidates. The candidate chosen has more than 10 years of experience in circuit court, is already familiar with Osceola County's court system and has been a helpful asset to the county in the past.

Bluhm said she would like to hire the candidate at the step three level and increase it to step four at the six-month mark due to the individual's experience, familiarity and lack of a need for training. The early step increase would place the new employee at a wage of just over $14 an hour, which Bluhm added would be significantly less money than employing someone who needs training. The candidate also would receive a standard step increase at the one-year mark of employment.

County commissioners Jack Nehmer and Mark Gregory supported Bluhm's proposal, saying the experience and qualifications of the candidate are invaluable and worth the step increase.

In other business, commissioners:

  • approved the purchase of 43 holsters for the Osceola County Sheriff's Office from Kiesler Police Supply for $4,500. Undersheriff Justin Halladay said $4,400 of the price was given to the department as a donation; and
  • approved a bid of $6,100 for a bulk purchase of paper from Integrity Business Machines, which includes a price lock for six months and storage.