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January 3, 2014

Comp Board recommends 3% increase

Knoxville — The Marion County Compensation Board held its annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 2, and will recommend to the Board of Supervisors that the County's elected officials receive a 3 percent pay increase. 

The Compensation Board is a group of individuals selected by the elected officials to represent them when making salary recommendations for the coming fiscal year. Members present at the meeting were Chair Kevin Wadle, Steve Kraayenbrink, Bruce Roof and Todd Chambers. Three members were absent. 

The recommendation presented to the supervisors is as follows:

• Supervisors-Present Salary at $34,391; Salary at 22nd Rank would be $34,194; Variance of $197; CPI increase of 1.7 percent; a pay increase of 3 percent; total increase at 4.13 percent and a final recommended salary of $35,810, or an increase of $1,419.38.

• Attorney-Present Salary at $93,717; Salary at 22nd Rank would be $95,923; Variance of $2,206; CPI increase of 1.7 percent; a pay increase of 3 percent; total increase at 7.05 percent and a final recommended salary of $100,327.70, or an increase of $6,610. 

• Auditor-Present Salary at $58,475; Salary at 22nd Rank would be $59,763; Variance of $1,288; CPI increase of 1.7 percent; a pay increase of 3 percent; total increase of 6.9 percent and a final recommended salary of $62,511.33, or an increase of $4,046.33. 

• Recorder-Present Salary at $57,404; Salary at 22nd Rank would be $57,946; Variance of $542; CPI increase of 1.7 percent; a pay increase of 3 percent; total increase of 5.64 percent and a final recommended salary of $60,643.99 or an increase of $3,239.99. 

• Treasurer-Present Salary at $58,220; Salary at 22nd Rank would be $58,677; Variance of $457; CPI of 1.7 percent; a pay increase of 3 percent; total increase of 5.48 percent and a final recommended salary of $61,413.34 or an increase of $3,193.34. 

• Sheriff-Present Salary at $77,431; Salary at 22nd Rank would be $77,516; Variance of $85; CPI of 1.7 percent; a pay increase of 3 percent; total increase of 4.81 percent and a final recommended salary of $81,155.26 or an increase of $3,193.34. 

The issue was raised at the compensation board meeting of a provision in the Iowa Code which addresses the duties of the board (331.907). In regard to the sheriff's pay, the code reads, "In setting the salary of the county sheriff, the county compensation board shall consider setting the sheriff’s salary so that it is comparable to salaries paid to professional law enforcement administrators and command officers of the state patrol, the division of criminal investigation of the department of public safety, and city police agencies in this state."

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