(Day 2 of the strike)….The Imperial County Deputy District Attorney Association initiated the action Tuesday.
When the negotiations resume is up to the Association, according to Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Ryan Kelley. He said Wednesday morning the County is opening to talks whenever the Association wants to sit down. No new talks have been scheduled. A mediator met with both sides over the weekend, but nothing was resolved. The Association wants an increase in salary, higher than what was offered the other county employees. The Supervisors had approved a 2.2 percent salary increase across the board for County Employees. The Deputy District Attorneys Association says a higher salary was needed to attract new attorneys to the District Attorney’s office. They are six positions short. Kelley said an incentive package consisting of a $5,000 signing bonus for any recruitment with a 2 year commitment and an additional $5,000 with a 3 year commitment to the County of Imperial was directed Tuesday. Kelley also said recruitment was reinitiated by the County to seek new employees. The Chairman said the D.A.’s office was not actively recruiting to fill the vacancies needed to be filled.