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Friday, January 25, 2008

Update on Engineer raise

Hamilton County Engineer William Brayshaw met with and tried to smooth things over with his workers today after they harshly criticized him for taking a pay raise when they didn't get one.

You may remember our earlier report on this issue.

Brayshaw and Ted Hubbard, the chief deputy engineer and second-highest-paid department employee updated the Enquirer today.

They said Hubbard had agreed in December to forgo his own 2008 raise and take a pay cut in order to balance out Brayshaw getting his raise. Hubbard said he wasn't asked to do it. He offered because in the past Brayshaw has given workers raises even when he didn't get one himself.

County Commissioners froze salaries for non-union workers because of the tight 2008 budget. They asked department heads, in the interest of fairness, to consider donating their own raises back to the county.

The Engineer did not. His salary comes from a different fund so it doesn't affect the county's bottom line. But workers were furious and fired off a critical letter.

Brayshaw said he thinks discussions today have helped to soothe some of those hard feelings.

"I think it's (the relationship) been mended. They realize I've been funded differently," he said. "If they would have known it ahead of time they would have reacted differently."

The engineer's raise is set every four years by the Ohio General Assembly and comes out of the county's restricted road and bridge fund. Brayshaw, who now makes $104,230, once went for four years without a raise but still gave workers their raises, he said. That might happen again starting in 2009, he said, depending on what the General Assembly decides.

Hubbard emphasized he was not pressured to take a pay cut for Brayshaw. He offered to do it, he said. All that was laid out for workers. Many, though not all, were satisfied with the explanation, said Hubbard.

"There are many years when myself and staff and employees got raise when Bill didn’t," said Hubbard. "It's perfectly appropriate for me to take an adjustment down to make up for Bill's raise."
Hubbard's salary was $103,700 last year. It dropped to $100,0861 this year becuase of the agreement. The average salary last year in the department (including Brayshaw and Hubbard), was about $46,000.
Hubbard and Brayshaw also noted that employees may still get their raises if the department does well financially. That will be decided in July.

And Brayshaw also rejected claims that he "double dips." He said he was fired by the Ohio Department of Transportation (rather than having retired) in 1983 and he collects no retirement from that organization. He also said he is not getting any money from the county Storm Water District, though he continues to assert he is owed the back pay from the years he served as its head.

"I don't have any other income other than the engineer's office," he said.


at 3:59 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Brayshaw doesn't realize is that it isn't about the money - no matter what fund it comes from - it is about "feeling their pain", putting himself in the same position as his workers, leading by example,...

Brayshaw's lack of empathy is disturbing.

at 6:00 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The engineer has over 60 years in the public system. Move on and let someone born in this century work and have a job.

at 6:02 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

havent his sons worked at his office all thier lives too? Maybe they will take over?

at 6:14 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

save our money county. don't build a road for a private developer like Ft. Scott, heck they even bought a junk yard and paid to clean it up for the developer for millions then built the road for him. look it up. THE ROAD TO NOWHERE OR AS THE SIGN SAYS NEW BLUE ROCK

at 8:06 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"POLITIC'S 101' Thats what slick willie brayshaw's going to be teaching the rest of the country's polititions. It was a textbook example on how to screw the WORKERS while he's campaigning (getting free meals an kissing babies). He said" he himself didnt get a raise for 4 years". I guess his 101,000.00 salary a year for the last 4 years (not 2 mention his perks, an KICKBACKS - oh wait. That don't happen!) was taking food away from his family. He should try living on his WORKERS salaries which was decreased by 260.00 a month just in health care, whitch is "OUT OF HIS HANDS"(POLITITION). The annual raises(not cost of living)were giving out for at least the last twenty years.Not this year "it isnt in the budget"(POLITITION).The seventeen less WORKERS this year freed up around 311,000.00. That couldnt cover a annual pay increase for the REMAINING WORKERS? Whitch is around 230,000.00.I must be bad with math.As for the AMERICAN that wrote " SHUT UP AN DO YOUR JOB" thats what this country is based on ROLL UP IN A FETAL POSITION AN HAVE SOMEONE KICK U IN THE FACE.That was very nice coment HITLER. We are in big trouble with people like you. AMERICANS like you is why we have presidential candidates like we do. An who would bring up the church or religion (IN THERE RIGHT MIND) in any of this? Im pretty sure one of the ten commandents is thou shou not lie. HAIL HITLER


at 10:49 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brayshaw has got to be both the foot-tapping Bold Typist and the founder of "Bold Endeavors"!

at 9:09 AM, January 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone comparing this issue of salary to nazi Germany needs a real lesson in humanity and history, how foolish and shameful of you anon.8:06pm. That being said, this looks like another example of half-assed Enquire reporting (you know, the kind readers outside of Cincinnati know it for.) Did your earlier reporters even bother to check into these "late surfacing" issues prior to running their report and getting readers "fired-up"?

As for feeling your workers pain, I agree, but to an extent. Do they feel Brayshaw's pain when he isn't getting a raise and they are, very doubtful. In fact, my thought is that they never bother to ask or check, and the Enquire sure as hell doesn't run a story on that issue. As for the size of Brayshaw's salary (and yes, he's been in the job since the gilded age and needs to step down before he falls down-literally and not metaphorically as has happened in public so many times), which is considerably larger than that of this poster, I'd love to see a comparison to someone of his years and experience in the private sector. Additionally, what are the levels of education here? Are we dealing with the difference between college and non-college education? If so, aren't we supposed to be rewarding those that have pursued hgher education in their lives?

Geez...all questions one might think the Enquirer would have bothered to check. Thanks again for another "half-story."

at 9:57 AM, January 26, 2008 Anonymous Concerned Citizen said...

The old boy network is at it again, Hubbard was promised that he will make up double for his contribution to Brayshaw's retirement fund, the more salary you make the more your pension becomes, and given how "old" Brayshaw is, retirement could be any time now, and Hubbard steps in at Brayshaw's salary plus

at 12:06 PM, January 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brayshaw is 76 years old.

Why hasn't Brayshaw long since retired?
This is pitiful that Hamilton County cannot come up with young viable qualified individuals to fill positions such as sheriff and county engineer, instead of the septuagenarians currently filling them.

at 12:21 PM, January 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet Engineer William Brayshaw is just waiting for the camera shy Hamilton County Coroner O’Dell M. Owens to give his County pay raise back first.

Watch out William Brayshaw, I hear Phil Heimlich or Pat Dewine may run for your job.

at 6:10 PM, January 26, 2008 Anonymous Happy Westsider said...

I would vote for Phil and/or Pat. Thank you also Pat for the Judge sign in our front yard.

at 11:39 PM, January 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all the crooks in the Repugnicant Party, the GOP could be classified as a street gang under a law that they rammed through and Taft signed into law. Taft himself could be considered a gang member under it!

From a recent Columbus Dispatch (AKA right-wing rag, just like our local Fishwrap) article:

"Ohio law classifies a gang as three or more people engaged in criminal activity who have a common name or use an identifying sign, symbol or color. Participating in a gang is a second-degree felony."

We don't even need a Democratic president to jail the Repugs as a corrupt organization under RICO, which is Federal law. Governor Strickland and AG Marc Danncould do it tonight.

Bob Bennett could be frog-marched out of his plush office tomorrow.

at 8:47 AM, January 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the poster that said put someone born in this century in office.

Is that how Democrats make decisions? Make an 8-year-old County Engineer?

I guess that was just another Dem trying to show the world how "clever" he (or she) is.

at 10:55 AM, January 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comment about auditing the County Engineer is an excellent idea. The miss management of funds and the poor leadership is obvious to us employees. Leadership: Mr. Brayshaw has appointed staff that are incompetent and unworthy of their status. The fleet supervisor is the poorest excuse of leadership and continues to have coffee every morning with Mr. Brayshaw. Perhaps he should spend those hours in management classes (although he has gone thru civil treatment classes more than 4 times, with no improvement). Funds: There is more money wasted within the Engineer's Dept than I have ever seen in all my years of employment. Buying new cars for top officials, hiring consultants to tell us what we already know, paying for price quotes that aren't necessary, allowing certain staff members to come and go as they please(40 hrs a week, HA), buying right-of-ways when we don't have the funds to sustain that type of expense, and yet we can't replace a broken office chair. What gives?????????

at 1:27 PM, January 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think now is the time to reflect,
eat some humble pie, and thank our martyr..........Mr. Theodore Hubbard

at 5:14 PM, January 30, 2008 Anonymous Lance Justice said...

It will be interesting to see how the anonymous public feels about the one thing that wasn't reported in this article that also occurred during our meeting with mr. Brayshaw. In the stead of cutting unnecessary costs, Mr. Brayshaw has voiced his support and plans to recommend an increase in license plate fees in the near future. And this is where it gets interesting. Aren't Hamilton County's residents overtaxed already? Now that Brayshaw's mistakes are effecting your wallets, how will you speak out so that the county commisioners can hear you? -Lance Justice

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