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Compensation Board To Discuss Elected Officials Salaries

By Staff | Dec 7, 2017

The topic of salaries for Palo Alto County’s elected officials will be the subject of discussion Wednesday, Dec. 13, during the annual meeting of the Palo Alto County Compensation Board. The Compensation Board will convene at 1:15 p.m. in the supervisor’s boardroom of the Palo Alto County Courthouse with an agenda to discuss salaries for the county’s elected officials for fiscal year 2017-2018.

As set forth by the Code of Iowa, the county’s Compensation Board determines recommendations for salaries of the elected officials of each county. The Compensation Board 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 salary recommendation may be for an increase or a freeze in the amount of compensation for the officials.

Once the salary recommendation has been made, the final decision lies with the county Board of Supervisors, who may approve the Compensation Board’s recommendation, or they may lower the recommendation, but the salary may not be raised higher than the original recommendation established by the Compensation Board.

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; Joan Bunda of Emmetsburg, representing the County Treasurer; and Dave Garrlets of Emmetsburg as one of two representatives for the Board of Supervisors. Newly appointed to the Compensation board is Sherman Hilfiker of Emmetsburg, who represents the County Sheriff and Brian Bormann of West Bend, who will serve as a second representative for the Board of Supervisors. Palo Alto County Attorney Peter Hart will will be represented by John Haywood. Audrey Baatz of Emmetsburg is the Secretary of the Compensation Board.

Last December, the Compensation Board voted to recommend raises of five percent for the county’s elected officials. Additionally, a raise of an additional $2,800 was recommended for the County Sheriff.

The recommendations were cut to 3.8 percent by the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors, who did also grant the $2,800 raise to the sheriff in January.

The current salaries for the county’s elected official are $26,712 for the Board of Supervisors; $77,474 for the County Sheriff; $79, 155 for the County Attorney and $57,238 for the County Auditor, County Treasurer and County Recorder.

The Compensation Board meeting is open to the public and public comment, either oral or written, is welcomed.