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Supervisors vote to keep sheriff, deputy contract tied

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 11:40 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 11:52 a.m. CDT

Union County supervisors unanimously to keep Deputy Sheriff Steve Maitlen's contract tied to Union County Sheriff Rick Piel.

This comes five weeks after the supervisors decided to discontinue Union County Engineer Steve Akes's contract tie with his assistant, Larry Latham.

"It's different with an elected official and a chief deputy than an engineer (and assistant engineer)," Hysell said. "It's a totally different realm."

The engineer's contract had only been tied together since 2010. The decision at the time put Latham in the top-six in pay for engineer assistants in Iowa.

Meanwhile, Maitlen's contract has always been tied to Piel.

In February supervisors approved a 3.4 percent raise to Piel's salary, bumping his pay to $60,323. Maitlen's contract salary is 85 percent of Piel's salary plus 5 percent for longevity.

According to Iowa Code 331.904, the annual base salary of the first deputy sheriff shall not exceed 85 percent of the annual base salary of the sheriff. This does not included overtime pay, other supplement pay or fringe benefits.

Additional request

Maitlen asked the supervisors to consider changing the terms in his contract for unused vacation days, but the board denied the change.

"He (Maitlen) asked if he can't use all of his vacation, if he could have the opportunity to buy back," Hysell said.

Maitlen said at the meeting the suggestion was just a "wish list" item to be considered.

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