“That, to me, becomes very subjective,” she said. “I just don’t feel we need to be that loosey-goosey about putting the info online that could subject our employees to unsavory characters.”
Jordan noted that commissioners did not explicitly approve posting the database online, though they do not typically OK what the administration posts on the website. In a resolution earlier this year, the board agreed with Commissioner Javier Souto’s proposal to publish employee salaries once a year in booklets that would be available at all of the county’s regional libraries.
But the board also signed off on another measure this year, sponsored by Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, asking the administration for the plan to expand public records available online.
Barreiro, who also took the lead on legislation to publish the county’s check register, said that, like the mayor, he opposes removing the salaries database from the website.
“My position is that, eventually, everything should be online as a public record,” he said. “People can see how the government’s running, and what we’re working on. They’ll be confident in their government, to see things there all the time.”
Perhaps the answer could be adding more information, such as qualifications or years of experience to the salaries database, Gimenez said, echoing a suggestion made at a committee meeting earlier this month by Commissioner Lynda Bell. Jordan argued that was not the answer, because employees could still be targeted by outsiders.
“You are paying for this information already through your taxes. You own us,” he said, as if speaking to the public. “I just don’t get this.”