Supervisors approve raises for elected officials

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 11:29 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 12:08 p.m. CDT

Raises for Union County elected officials were approved Monday.

County Attorney Tim Kenyon and Sheriff Rick Piel received a 3.4 percent raise, and all other courthouse employees received a 2.6 percent raise for fiscal year 2013-14.

Dennis Brown, county supervisor, read a statement aloud during the meeting regarding the supervisor’s decision.

“This is the part of my job I despise most,” Brown said, “because many of you, my fellow elected officials, have been in office a lot longer than I have and you are a large part of why Union County’s situation is improving. Many of you are at the top of your games, you watch your budgets, manage employees and head off problems before they become big problems.

“For all the above, I can only say thank you. But, we are all aware of the huge mountain we still have to climb, and we think this compensation increase is fair to elected officials, their staffs and the taxpayers of Union County.”

The raises will bump Kenyon from $77,325 to $79,935 and Piel from $58,353 to $60,323. Meanwhile, all other courthouse employees including County Auditor Sandy Hysell, Treasurer Kelly Busch and Recorder Paula White move from $45,159 to $46,344.

And, the supervisors move from $23,703 annually to $24,326.

Compensation board

The raises approved by the county supervisors Monday equate to 75 percent of the wage recommendations made by the compensation board in January.

At that time, the compensation board proposed a 4.5 percent wage increase for Kenyon and Piel, and 3.5 percent wage increase for all other elected courthouse officials. On behalf of the supervisors, Brown thanked the compensation board for the time and effort they devoted to such a “thankless job.”

Lois Monday, county supervisor, did say in the future she’d like to see the compensation board recommend the same percentage for all county employees.

“They should all get the same percentage increase, across the board,” Monday said. “One office shouldn’t get more than another offices.”

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