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Juan Meza was recently hired as the new payroll and benefits technician for Seward County following the retirement of longtime employee Charlotte Hill.

Meza trained under Hill for about a year and a half before her retirement. He talked about some of his previous work, as well as what it was like to learn the job under Hill.

Q: What did you do before this?

A: I was working for a doctor’s office. I was the office manager there, and I was doing payroll as well as benefits and other coverage stuff.

They didn’t have as much benefits as the county does. It’s a big change. It wasn’t that big of a company. It was around 30 employees I had to be in charge of and do the payroll for. 

Q: How does that compare to your current job?

A: It is similar in just the fact that it is payroll and benefits. I was also doing hiring and firing. It’s kind of similar. Here, the expectation is higher because it’s more employees and more responsibilities.

Q: What’s some of your other responsibilities?

A: I do the benefits, enroll them in Blue Cross Blue Shield, a health coverage through the county and also life insurance that the county pays. They also have an optional life insurance as well as KPERS, which is the retirement plan through the state. 

There’s also the KP & F, which is for the police and firemen. That’s another department which has to do with KPERS as well. The first thing we do is the paperwork, which is orientation. We do all the paperwork first, and from there, I just basically start the process of enrolling new employees in all the benefits that the county offers.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: I like everything. It’s an experience. I always like the payroll. I like to be in charge of paying employees. It’s rewarding. I actually like everything about the payroll.

Q: Are you a pretty popular person with all the money you give out?

A: At the moment, I’m not that popular because I just started. Once they get used to me, then I’ll become more popular. It’s going to be something different.

Q: What was it like learning under Charlotte?

A: It was actually a good experience because she knows a lot. I don’t know everything that she knows, but she taught me the basics, the tools so I can start from there to learning more. 

She had 16 plus years of experience, and I’m not going to get that in a year. It was a year and a half that I was with Charlotte, mostly side by side, but what I did learn is the basics. If there’s something that I don’t know, I can always call for the information. She taught me where to look for the information to see and give the information to the employees and for my knowledge as well.




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