County has 29 vacant positions

LIHUE — There are 106 vacant positions at the County of Kauai.

However, 12 of them are dollar- funded, meaning 94 are vacant funded positions. Almost 30 of them are posted on the county’s website.

There are over 100 vacancies with the county at any given time, said Sarah Blane, chief of staff.

“The current number of vacancies is not unusual,” she said.

The county employs about 1,200 people. County employees get 21 days of vacation, 21 days of sick leave and 13 holidays off a year, and receive insurance that covers medical, dental and vision.

The jobs on the website are unrelated to the three-week hiring freeze that took place this month, Blane said.

The freeze included any job vacant as of July 1, she said.

In March, Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. announced that starting July 1, there would be a six-month hiring freeze.

The moratorium went into effect that day, but was lifted on July 24 after Ken Shimonishi, finance director, told the mayor it wasn’t practical.

The only position being advertised since being vacated as of July 1 is as a police records clerk that was vacated on July 21. That position pays $31,080.

Of the 29 vacancies posted online, two were posted on July 1, 2016. One of those jobs is for an electrician-electronic equipment repairer, and pays $56,148 a year, according to the job opportunity page of the Department of Human Resources website. The other job that has been vacant for over a year is a civil engineer position, which has an annual salary between $63,060 and $89,760.

“Our website is the main way we advertise current job openings, but there are some instances, like police services, that we do more outreach,” Blane said.

For example, the Kauai Police Department released a recruitment video in 2016, and officers attend career days around the island.

The highest paying job on the website is the county auditor position, which pays $119,357. The position became vacant on Aug. 31, 2015, and was last held by the late Ernie Pasion. Since then, the Kauai County Council has been going through a recruitment process to fill the position.

The quest for a county auditor has included job postings and listings on the county’s Neogov website, and advertisements placed in local and national publications.

The second highest-paying job is for a civil engineer, which pays between $70,932 and $100,968 a year.

According to the website, there are 10 vacant jobs that have an annual salary range between $29,000 and $38,000.

There are 19 funded vacancies in the Water Department.

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