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County board sets wages, salaries

Non-union Stevens County employees will receive a 2 percent increase that county coordinator Becky Young stressed was a cost of living adjustment and not a raise.

The non-union increase was one of several wage actions taken by the county during the Dec. 29 meeting,

The board also set the salaries for elected officials at a 2 percent increase.

County attorney Aaron Jordan's salary will be $111,403.06. County auditor/treasurer Amanda Barsness's salary will be $78,707.68. County recorder Virginia Mahoney's salary will be $81,713.02. County sheriff Jason Dingman's salary will be $83,142.24. Dingman will also receive an additional $4,700 for his role as deputy emergency manager.

Young recommended a 2 percent COLA for the county commissioners' salaries.

Board chairman Ron Staples and commissioner Bob Kopitzke said it had been nine years since the commissioners' salaries had been adjusted.

"If you just did COLAs you'd be keeping pace...," Young said. But by not doing even COLAs each year, the county is falling behind the wages of other counties in the state, Young said.

The county does not want to be in situation where it wants to catch up with majority of counties in the state, Young said.

The commissioners agreed to the 2 percent COLA. Commissioners' salaries will be $17,122.74. Commissioners will continue to receive an employer contribution for benefits of $750 per month. The commissioners will also receive $60 a day for travel in the county and $75 a day for travel outside the county.

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