Section 50. The director of accounts shall (a) prepare and submit to the board classification and compensation plans, together with such rules for the administration thereof as he may deem proper; (b) recommend to the board such amendments thereto as he deems expedient, and also advise and report to the board relative to amendments proposed under section fifty-three; (c) keep an official roster of the officers and employees subject to sections forty-eight to fifty-six, inclusive, with such other relevant information as he may deem advisable, furnishing for each county a duplicate roster of such officers and employees of the county for filing in the office of the county commissioners; (d) advise and assist the several county commissioners and the board in carrying out the purposes of said sections; (e) perform such other duties as may be requested by the county commissioners of any county or the board in carrying out said purposes; (f) make a continuing study of personnel problems, employment conditions and economic changes as affecting offices and positions subject to said sections; and (g) investigate and make report to the board on appeals as provided in section fifty-two.
The director may employ a person skilled and experienced in public classification and compensation work to assist in the performance of the duties imposed upon him by said sections forty-eight to fifty-six, inclusive. Such employment shall not be subject to chapter thirty-one. All expenses incurred by the director under this section and the compensation and expenses payable under section forty-eight shall be paid in the first instance by the commonwealth, from such funds as may be appropriated by the general court; and the several counties, excluding Suffolk, shall reimburse the commonwealth therefor in proportion to their taxable valuations as determined by the director.