The Office of Kelvin Soto, Esq., Osceola Clerk of the Circuit Court & County Comptroller announced last week the rollout of a new comprehensive compensation plan designed to attract new staff, and increase retention of current employees by implementing a new long-term merit-based strategy.

Soon after taking office in 2021, Clerk & Comptroller Soto committed to implementing a $15 minimum starting pay, which was put into effect in 2022.  The new compensation plan will increase the average hourly pay to $18.80 in FY23, exceeding the 2026 constitutional mandate of $16.50 by $1.50 per hour, three years ahead of Florida law.

“I am pleased to announce a competitive compensation strategy that is designed not only to entice recruitment, but to reward our employees by ensuring their compensation is competitive in both the private and public markets,” said Clerk & Comptroller Kelvin Soto, Esq.  “Our mission is to advance the well-being of all, one person at a time.  This necessarily includes our valued employees who serve our constituents every day.”

To ensure future success of the compensation plan, the Soto Administration said they will continue to be committed to excellence in innovation, reclassify staff where necessary to maximize efficiency, combine departments with similar duties, and embrace the use of new technologies to help the office in reduce costs wherever possible.