By RICK GREENE
Southern Ohio Today
WAVERLY – Nearly 40 Pike County employees will receive bonuses of $1,250 each thanks to a Bureau of Workers Compensation dividend from the state that will send about $45,000 into the General Fund.
The bonuses will go to county employees and employees of some offices that are under the purview of the Board of Commissioners. Employees in offices that have a collective bargaining agreement, such as the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, are not eligible for the bonus.
Outgoing Commissioner Blaine Beekman feigned that it was a parting gesture.
“It’s the Beekman Bonus,” Commissioner Jerry Miller quipped as he and Beekman laughed.
Getting more serious, Miller said the commissioners’ work in previous years to balance the budget has made the bonuses possible.
“Just because we tightened our belt the last couple of years doesn’t relinquish our responsibility to be fair to our employees,” Miller said.
The bonuses, which will be issued this month, will have taxes withdrawn from the total. Elected officials are not eligible for the bonuses.
Corbin updates commissioners on security probe
Pike County technology consultant Joe Corbin of Compass Integration updated the commissioners on his examination of Pike County’s security posture.
Corbin is gathering an inventory of security equipment as part of the county’s surveillance assessment.
Last month, commissioners called together members of the county’s security team to address potential vulnerabilities in surveillance systems across county facilities. Commissioners indicated there are suspicions – but no direct evidence of – material being removed from digital video records (DVRs).
Commissioners called together Corbin, Prosecutor Rob Junk, Pike County Sheriff Jim Nelson, and representatives from All State Fire and Security (Nathan Bloss) and Ohio Valley Technologies (Lonnie Mercer and Robert Entler).
Following the inventory of equipment, Corbin will provide a recommendation on county needs, both of which are expected before the end of the year.
“This is not an effort for the commissioners to exert control,” Miller said. “This is for the sake of county employees and the public and making it the way it should be.”
“Absolutely,” Beekman said. “We’re just plugging holes in the bucket.”
That work is part of Corbin’s broader evaluation of the county’s security. Offices that Corbin has examined to date include the auditor’s office, common pleas court, clerk of courts, and the sheriff’s office.
“We’re eating this elephant one bite at a time,” said Miller, who said other offices will be examined as time goes on. “We just want to help (the offices) with whatever they need. It’s not just about cyber security, but to serve their PCs and their offices.”
Commissioner Tony Montgomery was not in attendance at Monday’s meeting.