The county plans to increase the salary of the planning director position, with the hope of keeping the next official in office longer.
The Johnson County Commissioners plan to add $10,000 to the salary of the position, raising the range from $49,000 to $51,923 to between $59,000 and $61,923. The additional money would come from county stormwater fees.
Commissioners think the salary for the position could be a reason that five people have left the director position in the past six years. The salary is lower than other governments, commissioners said.
“We kind of become the stepping stone to these other jobs,” Commissioner Tom Kite said.
The most recent director, Bryan Pohl, left earlier this month to take a job as planning director in Bargersville.
The Johnson County Council would have to approve the higher salary before the county can make the change.
Kite and county coordinator Barb Davis interviewed three candidates this week. Commissioners hope to get more candidates for the job if the salary is increased, Commissioner Brian Baird said.