Jean Merritt, human resources director for Collier County government: 

“It is a difficult situation. We have a lot of people who live paycheck to paycheck. We’ve offered people good jobs. Those people look at housing and decide they can’t come. We are looking at recruitment bonuses for very hard-to-fill positions. For example, engineers are tough to hire. They can make more money from the private sector. We’ll consider a bonus not to exceed $10,000. It won’t always be that high. It depends on the job. We’ve increased the rate of vacation accrual, people can earn vacations sooner. We’re also looking at our pay plan. Our salaries are competitive with similar governments, but it’s not competitive with the private sector.”

Jean Merritt, human resources director for Collier County government:

“It is a difficult situation. We have a lot of people who live paycheck to paycheck. We’ve offered people good jobs. Those people look at housing and decide they can’t come. We are looking at recruitment bonuses for very hard-to-fill positions. For example, engineers are tough to hire. They can make more money from the private sector. We’ll consider a bonus not to exceed $10,000. It won’t always be that high. It depends on the job. We’ve increased the rate of vacation accrual, people can earn vacations sooner. We’re also looking at our pay plan. Our salaries are competitive with similar governments, but it’s not competitive with the private sector.”

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