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Sheriff, clerk salaries set for next four years

Whoever the next Pierce County Sheriff or Clerk of Courts is will at least know how much they will earn the next four years. 

The Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee approved the two salaries early last week during a 90-minute meeting.

Sheriff Nancy Hove will earn $75,275 for 2014. A 1.25 percent increase was approved starting in 2015, meaning whoever the sheriff is will take home $76,216. 2014 is an election year for the sheriff. Challenger Bill Parks has declared his candidacy for the position as a Republican. Hove, a Democrat, announced last week her candidacy for a third term. She was first elected sheriff in 2006.

Hove’s 2014 salary is average comparable to seven area counties (Trempealeau, Pepin, St. Croix, Polk, Shawano, Barron and Dunn). Salaries range from $64,898 in Pepin to $84,628 in Dunn, with the average being $76,752.

The clerk of court position got an increase, but not as much as the sheriff. For 2015 and 2016, it will get a .25 percent increase for 2015 and 2016, slightly more than a .5 percent increase for 2017 and a 1.25 percent increase for 2018. The uneven increases were done to match up salaries for 2018 and beyond with the clerk of court, register of deeds and treasurer. Presently in 2014, the clerk of court will earn $58,124 with the other three positions earning $56,715. By 2018, it is projected all four will earn $59,605. Peg Feuerhelm was first elected clerk of courts in 2004 and, just like Hove, she is up for re-election this year.

For more please read the Feb. 12 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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