Other (indicate in message) Submitted: January 11, 2023 | Updated: January 13, 2023

(January 2023) Multi-part request for Wilson County, NC Government: All current employees and their salaries, additional info about salary survey, salary / paygrade increases. As of present day.

Hello Wilson County, NC Government (Records Officer),

I'd like to make a multi-part public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law
Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

Ideally, I’d like to receive the responsive records in an Excel format, if possible:

A1) Please provide Employee Names and Salaries for all current Wilson County employees, as of 01/01/2023, or present day (date the query is performed). Please include the following:

1. Employee Name
2. Position / Title / Department
3. Date of Hire
4. Current Salary (including hourly rate of pay / wage, or salary / yearly amount)

NOTE: I acknowledge that a similar request was recently completed by your office as of December 12, 2022.

A2) I believe that a salary survey was completed by the County in 2022 which resulted in many raises across positions. If any specific positions had a paygrade increase from 2022 to 2023, I’d like to ask that you please include those positions and indicate the previous [2022] and current paygrade [2023]. For example: If Deputy Sheriff I positions went from a paygrade 70 to a paygrade 73.

B1) Please provide “salary ranges” for all “salary grades” as of 01/01/2023 (or date the query is performed).

B2) Please provide any explanations for the percentage that salary went up based on years of experience in that position, and [if applicable] please clarify why years of experience in other positions within the County and within the State did not cause your salary to increase the same.

NOTE: I realize this item is not an explicitly clear records request. However, what I’m looking for here is if the County can please provide explanations as to how the salary information was determined.

If any / all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where it can be accessed.

**If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law.**

I’d also like to request / recommend that if salary info is not already being made public and posted on the County’s website, that you please consider doing so. I feel that this information should be easily-accessible to the general public, at all times.
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I am not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

Sunshine Request
PO Box 17391
Asheville, NC 28816

The request has been sent solely from the email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

Please note that I cannot commit to sign any forms or pay any potential fees / associated costs related to any request. If it is not possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost.

Thank you for your assistance!

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

01/11/23 Editor’s Note: The submission above has been revised for clarity.

We fulfilled requests for similar information as the one above, on 09/12/22 and 12/12/22:

https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/september-2022-request-for-wilson-county-nc-government-employee-salaries-07-01-22-09-07-22-or-present-day/

https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/december-2022-request-for-wilson-county-nc-government-all-current-employees-and-their-salaries-as-of-present-day/

We do not know whether Wilson County Gov. already has a public data dashboard with salary info, and/or if their salary info is proactively being made public online.

We are happy to continue to send in records requests on the sender’s behalf to obtain updated salary info. However, if the sender plans to request updated employee salaries on a monthly or semi-regular basis, we would also recommend they try getting in touch with Wilson County directly, and ask them to consider posting that type of info on their website (or on an open data dashboard), on a recurring basis – As it is in the public interest. Perhaps something similar to what the City of Asheville, NC uses:

https://data-avl.opendata.arcgis.com/

https://data-avl.opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/4d96bf8fbad640edbe124fe7185ba670_0/explore

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Status: Completed

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  • January 13, 2023 11:50 am

    2 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ron Hunt <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 13, 2023, 11:50 AM
    subject: Re: Records request: (January 2023) Multi-part request for Wilson County, NC Government: All current employees and their salaries, additional info about salary survey, salary / paygrade increases. As of present day.

     

    Hi Ron (and Tim),

     

    Thank you very much for your help!

     

    I’ve marked this request as “Completed” on our website.

     

    ~ The Sunshine Request Team


    Status: Completed
  • January 12, 2023 12:15 pm

    3 weeks ago

    from: Ron Hunt <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Jan 12, 2023, 12:15 PM
    subject: Records request: (January 2023) Multi-part request for Wilson County, NC Government: All current employees and their salaries, additional info about salary survey, salary / paygrade increases. As of present day.

     

    To whom it may concern,

     

    Please see attached and below. This completes your records request. This also completes all salary adjustments related to the salary study.

     

    Tim A. Bilderback

    Human Resources Director

    Wilson County

    Work: 252.265.5970

    Cell: 828.775.8576

    [email protected]


    From: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2023 5:44 PM
    To: Ron Hunt <[email protected]>
    Cc: Melissa Williams <[email protected]>; Tim Bilderback <[email protected]>
    Subject: [EXTERNAL]Records request: (January 2023) Multi-part request for Wilson County, NC Government: All current employees and their salaries, additional info about salary survey, salary / paygrade increases. As of present day.

     

    Good afternoon Wilson County, NC Government (Ron, and all others CCed),

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for information that may be available in your office. If you’re no longer the appropriate party to contact about the request, please provide the correct name and email address of whom I should send it to.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let me know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. I will plan on following up again around the end of the month if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject:

    (January 2023) Multi-part request for Wilson County, NC Government: All current employees and their salaries, additional info about salary survey, salary / paygrade increases. As of present day.

     

    Message:

    “Hello Wilson County, NC Government (Records Officer),

     

    I’d like to make a multi-part public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law
    Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    Ideally, I’d like to receive the responsive records in an Excel format, if possible:

     

    A1) Please provide Employee Names and Salaries for all current Wilson County employees, as of 01/01/2023, or present day (date the query is performed). Please include the following: Please see attached “Sunshine_A1_1_12_23”

     

    1. Employee Name
    2. Position / Title / Department
    3. Date of Hire
    4. Current Salary (including hourly rate of pay / wage, or salary / yearly amount)

     

    NOTE: I acknowledge that a similar request was recently completed by your office as of December 12, 2022.

     

    A2) I believe that a salary survey was completed by the County in 2022 which resulted in many raises across positions. If any specific positions had a paygrade increase from 2022 to 2023, I’d like to ask that you please include those positions and indicate the previous [2022] and current paygrade [2023]. For example: If Deputy Sheriff I positions went from a paygrade 70 to a paygrade 73.

    Please see attached “Sunshine_2023_A2 & Sunshine_2022_A2”

     

    B1) Please provide “salary ranges” for all “salary grades” as of 01/01/2023 (or date the query is performed).  Please see Attached “Sunshine_2023_All_Grades_B1”

     

    B2) Please provide any explanations for the percentage that salary went up based on years of experience in that position, and [if applicable] please clarify why years of experience in other positions within the County and within the State did not cause your salary to increase the same.  Please see attached “Sunshine_B2_2023” Percentages were applied based on position entry dates and years of service in those positions. Additionally, survey results were based on market, benchmarking of similar organizations, and internal equities.

     

    NOTE: I realize this item is not an explicitly clear records request. However, what I’m looking for here is if the County can please provide explanations as to how the salary information was determined.

     

    If any / all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where it can be accessed. N/A

     

    **If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law.**

     

    I’d also like to request / recommend that if salary info is not already being made public and posted on the County’s website, that you please consider doing so. I feel that this information should be easily-accessible to the general public, at all times.

    ——————

     

    I am not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

     

    Sunshine Request
    PO Box 17391
    Asheville, NC 28816

     

    The request has been sent solely from the email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

     

    Please note that I cannot commit to sign any forms or pay any potential fees / associated costs related to any request. If it is not possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    Thank you!

     

    ** Sunshine Request (www.sunshinerequest.com) makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

     

    ** CAUTION: External email. Do not click links or open attachments unless sender is verified.**

    Editor’s Note: The responses we received were indicated with green text. This can be hard to read, however, so we’ve edited the text above to be black and bolded.

     

    Please see all referenced files (“Sunshine_A1_1_12_23” , “Sunshine_2023_A2″ , “Sunshine_2022_A2”, “Sunshine_2023_All_Grades_B1”, “Sunshine_B2_2023”) at top left in our “Documents” section.


    Status: Completed
  • January 11, 2023 5:44 pm

    3 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ron Hunt <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected], [email protected]
    date: Jan 11, 2023, 5:44 PM
    subject: Records request: (January 2023) Multi-part request for Wilson County, NC Government: All current employees and their salaries, additional info about salary survey, salary / paygrade increases. As of present day.

     

    Good afternoon Wilson County, NC Government (Ron, and all others CCed),

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for information that may be available in your office. If you’re no longer the appropriate party to contact about the request, please provide the correct name and email address of whom I should send it to.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let me know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. I will plan on following up again around the end of the month if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject:

    (January 2023) Multi-part request for Wilson County, NC Government: All current employees and their salaries, additional info about salary survey, salary / paygrade increases. As of present day.

     

    Message:

    “Hello Wilson County, NC Government (Records Officer),

     

    I’d like to make a multi-part public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law
    Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    Ideally, I’d like to receive the responsive records in an Excel format, if possible:

     

    A1) Please provide Employee Names and Salaries for all current Wilson County employees, as of 01/01/2023, or present day (date the query is performed). Please include the following:

     

    1. Employee Name
    2. Position / Title / Department
    3. Date of Hire
    4. Current Salary (including hourly rate of pay / wage, or salary / yearly amount)

     

    NOTE: I acknowledge that a similar request was recently completed by your office as of December 12, 2022.

     

    A2) I believe that a salary survey was completed by the County in 2022 which resulted in many raises across positions. If any specific positions had a paygrade increase from 2022 to 2023, I’d like to ask that you please include those positions and indicate the previous [2022] and current paygrade [2023]. For example: If Deputy Sheriff I positions went from a paygrade 70 to a paygrade 73.

     

    B1) Please provide “salary ranges” for all “salary grades” as of 01/01/2023 (or date the query is performed).

     

    B2) Please provide any explanations for the percentage that salary went up based on years of experience in that position, and [if applicable] please clarify why years of experience in other positions within the County and within the State did not cause your salary to increase the same.

     

    NOTE: I realize this item is not an explicitly clear records request. However, what I’m looking for here is if the County can please provide explanations as to how the salary information was determined.

     

    If any / all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where it can be accessed.

     

    **If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law.**

     

    I’d also like to request / recommend that if salary info is not already being made public and posted on the County’s website, that you please consider doing so. I feel that this information should be easily-accessible to the general public, at all times.

    ——————

     

    I am not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

     

    Sunshine Request
    PO Box 17391
    Asheville, NC 28816

     

    The request has been sent solely from the email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

     

    Please note that I cannot commit to sign any forms or pay any potential fees / associated costs related to any request. If it is not possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    Thank you!

     

    * Sunshine Request (www.sunshinerequest.com) makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.


    Status: Sent to Government
  • January 11, 2023 5:28 pm

    3 weeks ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending