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County Board okays pay hikes for sheriff, clerk of court

Despite proposals for lower increases, the Pierce County Board voted to give 2.5 percent annual raises to the sheriff and clerk of court when their new terms begin.

The resolution adopted Tuesday gives the sheriff 2.5 percent increases on Jan. 1 of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The sheriff's current salary is $68,195 and would increase to $75,275 in 2014.

The resolution raises the clerk of court's pay from $51,128 this year to $53,974 in 2011, an increase of $2,846 or about 5.6 percent. The increases for the next three years of the term would be 2.5 percent. By 2014, the clerk of court's annual salary would be $58,124.

The higher first-year increase for the clerk of court is intended to bring that position up to parity with three similar elected positions.

State law says the county board shall set annual pay for elected officials before the earliest deadline for filing nomination papers. Their salaries can't be increased or reduced during their term of office. In the case of these two positions, the board must set pay by June 1 for 2011-2014.

"I'm going to get arrested on the way home, and the clerk's going to lose the file," joked Supervisor John Kucinski, Town of River Falls, as he suggested amending the resolution to reduce the 2013 and 2014 increases to one percent.

"Taxpayers don't have money, they don't have cash flow, they're losing jobs," said Kucinski. He said the movement to stop giving too-high raises to county workers has to start somewhere.

For more please read the March 31 print version of the Herald.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.

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