to set salaries for clerk and recorder, treasurer, sheriff
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[May 15, 2014]
LINCOLN - The Logan County Finance
Committee met on Tuesday for the monthly meeting. The primary topic
for discussion concerned potential changes to the salaries of
elected officials in the county.
Potential changes to elected officials’ salaries
The committee members discussed the potential raising of salaries
for a set of elected officials working in the county. The county
board decides whether or not the salaries of elected officials need
and can be altered prior to an election. Approximately half of the
four-year elected positions are up for reelection every two years.
In general, the salaries are reviewed in context of what other
counties are paying for the position and the county’s anticipated
The current salaries under review are for county clerk and recorder
served by Sally Litterly; for treasurer by Vicki Dugan; and the
sheriff position by Steve Nichols.
Ruben said that he has been reading through a list of salaries for
county clerks and recorders in surrounding counties. “You can see
that hers [Litterly’s] is close to the bottom end of these salaries,
but it is the lowest one on the list.” Ruben said that he imagined
the salaries for the other elected positions would be arranged in a
similar manner in other counties.
Ruben said that in the past the board has provided a percentage
increase per year for each of the four years to these officials. In
addition, elected officials do not receive raises as the other
county employees do when the annual budget is passed.
“I sure think they deserve something. I’m very pleased with the job
they all do,” said Ruben.
Andy Meister voiced his curiosity as to whether or not all three
officials would be getting a raise in salary. Ruben said that is
what he wants to see, although he was open to discussion on other
Farmer made a motion to adjust the salaries by three percent each
year for the four years. After some quick math, the committee
adjusted the motion to increase Dugan’s salary by $1,700; Litterly’s
by $1,800; and Nichols’ by $2,000. This amount would be added each
year of the four years, bringing the total to $22,000 over the four
year period. With no discussion following the adjustment, the motion
was passed by the committee.
The salary recommendations would go before the board for discussion
at the Workshop on Thursday and needs to be voted at the Regular
Meeting next Tuesday to be in compliance with the six-month prior to
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County assessor’s retirement
Also at the meeting, County Assessor Rosanne Brosamer announced
her intention to retire from the position this year. The
assessor is a board appointed position.
Brosamer said she has set a target date of August 1st for her
retirement. “It’s been a good ride,” said Brosamer, who will be
retiring after 36 and one-half years of working for the county.
“It’s time for young blood to be in the office,” she said.
Brosamer also said that the assessor’s office has recently begun
working with new computer programs. Brosamer said that the
timing presents a good opportunity for the county to bring in
someone new who has been working with the new program from the
Brosamer has provided county board members a list of
qualifications for the position in order to aid their search for
a replacement. Chuck Ruben said he would like to see a list of
resumes narrowed down to two or three candidates before the June
county board meeting. A subcommittee consisting of Robert
Farmer, Jan Schumacher, Chuck Ruben and Rosanne Brosamer will be
reviewing resumes that come in for the position.
The committee members thanked Brosamer for all of her years of
hard work and dedicated service. Brosamer said she will miss the
people she has worked with over the years.
Committee members present for the meeting were Chuck Ruben, Andy
Meister, Jan Schumacher, Robert Farmer and Rick Aylesworth.
Guests included County Assessor Rosanne Brosamer, Circuit Clerk
Mary Kelley, Treasurer Vicki Dugan; and Sally Gosda, financial
officer of the Health Department.
[By DEREK HURLEY]