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One percent raises for all county leaders

Across the board, Douglas County’s department leaders will receive 1 percent raises in 2014.

County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to give all elected officials and all appointed department heads a 1 percent raise next year.

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Non-union county employees will also receive a 1 percent cost-of-living-adjustment increase.

In addition, commissioners approved an increase in their own salary – bringing it from $26,000 this year to $26,500 for 2014.

It was noted during the meeting that this is the first commissioner salary increase since 2008.

WHO GETS HOW MUCH

A few weeks ago, the county’s elected officials made pitches for raises; some asking for specific amounts, some asking commissioners to “be fair” when determining their pay adjustments.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioner Jerry Johnson proposed the following raises and all were approved:

● Recorder Dawn Crouse’s salary will increase to $64,600 in 2014; she’ll make $63,960 in 2013.

● County Attorney Chad Larson’s 2014 salary was set at $93,930; this year’s salary is $93,000.

● County Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow will receive $85,345 for her 2014 salary; in 2013 she’ll make $84,500.

● County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen’s 2014 salary was set at $91,860; his current salary is $90,950.

The 1 percent pay increase for 2014 bumps up the following non-elected supervisors’ annual pay to: Assessor Keith Albertsen, $89,148; Building Maintenance Director Steve Ziemer, $85,009; Coordinator Bill Schalow, $105,996; Information Technology Director Brent Birkeland, $76,585; Land and Resource Management Director Dave Rush, $84,115; Library Director Jake Odland, $63,897; License Bureau Director Angela Steele, $50,356; Public Health Director Sandy Tubbs, $111,363; Public Works Director Dave Robley, $112,174; Social Service Director Mike Woods, $110,156; Veteran Services Director Ray Kallstrom, $68,224; and Emergency Management Director Troy Wolbersen, $6,624.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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