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La Salle County Board Debates Pay Raises

Posted by wlpo on May 13, 2010

With money tight, pay raises for five county employees caused a lengthy debate at Thursday’s La Salle County Board meeting.

Despite five board members voting against all pay raises, the county clerk, treasurer, assessor, and maintenance supervisor are all getting pay raises starting this year.  After volunteering to freeze his pay for the next two years, the board took the sheriff up on his offer and froze the sheriff’s salary for two years before a 25 hundred dollar pay raise in years three and four of the contract.

The sheriff will be paid his current salary of 67 thousand dollars for the next two years while the county clerk and treasurer’s pay as of December will go up from 55 thousand to 56 thousand dollars.  Like the sheriff, both the clerk and treasurer will get larger pay raises in the later years of the contract.

The county assessor is also seeing her salary go up a thousand dollars to 77 thousand dollars while the maintenance supervisor likewise is getting a thousand dollar bump up to 61 thousand dollars.  The assessor will get a thousand dollar raise for the remainder of her deal while the maintenance supervisor’s pay will be renegotiated each year.

Board members Charles Borschenius and Russell Boe both were against any pay increases because of the bad economy.  But fellow board members Tom Gainiere and Jack Leininger said the county employees are underpaid compared to neighboring counties and even cities.  Gainiere pointed out that Ottawa’s police chief makes 14 thousand dollars more a year than the county sheriff.

The La Salle County Clerk, Treasurer, and Sheriff are all up for re-election in November.

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