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3 percent raises recommended for elected officials

Compensation board unanimously approves recommendation

January 15, 2013
by David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

The Emmet County Compensation Board needed just a half hour to arrive at its recommendation for raises for the county's elected officials for fiscal year 2013-14 on Tuesday.

On a unanimous vote, the board's recommendation to the Emmet County Board of Supervisors is a 3 percent across-the-board raise for the sheriff, county attorney, auditor, treasurer, recorder and each of the five supervisors.

The board consists of seven members-one representative for each individual office with two persons representing the board of supervisors.

Members of the compensation board and whom they represent are as follows:

n David Forsyth-county attorney

n Kevin Sander-sheriff

n Nancy Danielson-auditor

n Larry Niles-recorder

n Ron Menendez-treasurer

n Jay Gunderson and Bob Schacherer-board of supervisors

During discussions in coming up with their recommendation, the compensation board looked at the cost-of-living increases and salaries of the same officials in neighboring counties.

It was noted the national cost-of-living increase is 1.7 percent.

Gunderson commented at the beginning of the meeting that the supervisors would like to keep the percentage increase even across the board.

Last year, the board approved recommending a 4 percent across-the-board raise on a 4-2 vote.

Upon receiving the recommendation, the supervisors approved the 4 percent increase for the other offices, but reduced their raise to 2 percent for fiscal year 2012-13.

The Emmet County supervisors have the option of accepting the compensation board's recommendation or decreasing the amount of the salary adjustments. Supervisors cannot increase pay above the amount recommended by the compensation board.

Two years ago for fiscal year 2011-12, the compensation board recommended a 4 percent increase for the sheriff and 3 percent for the other elected officials. The supervisors halved the raises for other officials while taking no raise for themselves.



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