The Jefferson County Council on Tuesday night moved forward with a plan that potentially could have county employees working for more than just one department.
The council refers to the plan as "job sharing" or "job floating." The purpose is to use one employee for multiple departments instead of just one to decrease the need for additional part-time workers.
County Assessor Tina Gleeson told the council that now that property reassessments have concluded, an employee from her office could be used to assist other departments. The employee currently does data entry for the assessor's office and is on a salary.
Earlier this year, the council had discussed moving to job sharing, and Tuesday, the board agreed to allow the assessor's office employee to help other departments.
Council President Bill Hensler said it will be a good test run for the county to see if job sharing in the Courthouse can be effective and might even be built into the next budget.
Under the new plan, the salary budgeted for the employee will follow to the department the employee is assigned to.
"I've talked to all the elected officials in the Courthouse, and I think everybody has a need for him somewhere," Gleeson said.
Auditor Celeste Reed, who helped develop the plan, said many departments in the county were not able to hire part-timers this year because of budget cuts. She said the plan will not only help fill the void created by the cuts but also help weed out paid down-time.
"We thought this might be a way to introduce the possibility of what we call a job floater for whoever needs that person at the time. That way, we're not wasting money on a full-time or part-time person that will not be used that day," she said.