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Douglas County employees paid more in 2013

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Douglas County officials' compensation was set for 2013 at Thursday's commissioners' meeting.

Salaries for the sheriff, county attorney, county auditor/treasurer and county recorder all increased. Commissioners' salaries remained the same as they have been for the past nine years, $26,000.

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Earlier in December, elected officials met with commissioners to negotiate rates. County Attorney Chad Larson will receive an increase from $89,300 to $93,000. Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow's salary will increase from $83,000 to $84,500. County Recorder Dawn Crouse will receive an increase from $62,400 to $63,960. Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen's salary will increase from $89,000 to $90,950.

All official's increases were unanimously approved except that of the sheriff, one no vote was cast by commissioner Bev Bales.

"What we also have to remember is, the sheriff is getting $6,494 in addition to that," Bales said.

Aside from the salary Douglas County pays, Wolbersen receives $6,494 from Homeland Security emergency management funds.

Non-represented and appointed department heads were awarded a one percent cost of living adjustment.

The commissioners' per diem rate will remain $65. Mileage will reflect the Internal Revenue Service reimbursement rates, which have increased one cent for business and moving travel from 2012; 56.5 cents per mile for business, 24 cents per mile for medical or moving purposes and 14 cents per mile for service of charitable organizations.

Board Chair Jerry Johnson presented commissioners Norm Salto and Paul C. Anderson with plaques in gratitude for their years of service on the Douglas County Commissioners Board. James Stratton will be representing Salto's former district 2 and Charlie Meyer will represent Anderson's district 4 in 2013.

Commissioners will hold their annual organizational meeting during their regular board meeting on Tuesday, January 8.

Crystal Dey Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota's Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter at @CrystalDey_Echo.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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