Pay increases recommendedBoard requests 5 percent raises for sheriff, attorney
The Washington County Compensation Board will recommend a 5 percent salary increase for the county attorney and county sheriff, a 3 percent increase for the county auditor, county treasurer and county recorder, and 2.8 percent for the county supervisors.
Members of the Compensation Board are appointed by the county’s elected officials to recommend salary increases for the elected officials. They send their recommendation to the board of supervisors. The supervisors make the final decision with some limitations according to the Code of Iowa. The board met Monday evening in the county courthouse.
Compensation Board members Rob Stout and Randy Payne represented the board of supervisors, Steve Davis, Stan Stoops, Bob Yoder and Richard Young. Mike Van Osdol represented Sheriff Jerry Dunbar. Recorder Jo Greiner was represented by Larry Christensen, Treasurer Jeff Garrett by Keith Lazar, Auditor Dan Widmer by Adam Mangold and County Attorney Larry Brock by Paul Horak. All of the elected officials were present for the meeting.
During the meeting, some of the Compensation Board members were discussing smaller increases of 2 to 2.6 percent. Then board member Keith Lazar proposed that all of the board members speak on behalf of the county elected official they represent and propose an increase on the elected official’s behalf.
Rob Stout and Randy Payne represent the board of supervisors. Stout suggested a 3 percent increase, with Payne proposing a 2.6 percent increase. They split the difference with a 2.8 percent increase.
Adam Mangold spoke on behalf of the county auditor and at first proposed a 2 percent increase in salary. However, after hearing that representatives for the treasurer and recorder propose 3 percent increases, he offered an amended motion and proposed a 3 percent increase, which received unanimous support from the compensation board.
Paul Horak represents the county attorney. He first suggested a 4 percent increase, then later decided to go with a 5 percent increase, which was accepted by the other board members.
Mike Van Osdol hoped for a 5 percent increase for the county sheriff and his suggestion was also accepted by the board.
For more information, see the Jan. 8 edition of The Washington Evening Journal.