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Compensation Board To Meet Wednesday

By Staff | Jan 6, 2009

The public will have an opportunity to be heard on the topic of salaries for elected officials next week. The annual meeting of the Palo Alto County Compensation Board will convene at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, in the supervisor’s boardroom of the Palo Alto County Courthouse. The agenda for the Compensation Board calls for the group to discuss salaries for the county’s elected officials for fiscal year 2009-2010.

Under the Code of Iowa, a Compensation Board determines salaries of the elected officials of each county, which is a group of citizens appointed to represent the various elected officials of county government. Compensation Board members review the wages paid to the elected officials, and then review additional information before making a recommendation for a salary to the county Board of Supervisors.

The recommendation may be for an increase or a freeze in the amount of compensation for the officials. The supervisors may approve the Compensation Board’s recommendation, or they may lower the recommendation, but the recommendation may not be raised higher than the original recommendation established by the Compensation Board.

After its meeting in January of this year, the Compensation Board recommended raises of 4.3 percent for the elected officials, but the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors lowered that raise to 2.8 percent for the elected officials.

That action made the salaries for the elected officials for Fiscal Year 2008-2009 to the following: $24,172.37 for the Supervisors; $49,036.46 for the Auditor, Recorder and Treasurer, $69,893.46 for the Attorney and $58,953.99 for the Sheriff.

Members of the Palo Alto County Compensation Board are John D. Brown of Emmetsburg, representing the County Auditor; Ned Munn of Emmetsburg, representing the County Recorder; Howard Garton of West Bend, representing the County Treasurer; John Spies of Emmetsburg, who represents the County Sheriff and Ronnie Meyer of West Bend, as well as Francis Schealler of Graettinger, both representing the County Board of Supervisors. Bill Zeigler of Emmetsburg serves as the representative for the County Attorney.

The County Compensation Board meeting is open to the public.