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Raises approved for four county officials

Dawn Crouse, Recorder1 / 4
Chad Larson, city attorney2 / 4
Char Rosenow, Auditor/Treasurer3 / 4
Sheriff Troy Wolbersen4 / 4

All four elected Douglas County officials — attorney, recorder, auditor/treasurer and sheriff — will see a salary increase next year. Increases will range from 2 to 2.9 percent.

The raises were approved by the Douglas County commissioners at a board meeting Wednesday morning.

Two of the salaries were approved as requested — Attorney Chad Larson's salary of $106,000 and Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow's salary of $98,940. Rosenow will also receive an additional $5,000 for being in charge of the county's central finance department for a total salary of $103,940.

Dawn Crouse, the county recorder, requested a salary of $75,000, which would have been a 5.6 percent increase. Commissioner Charlie Meyer made the motion to raise her salary from $71,000 to $73,000, which is a 2.8 percent increase instead.

Sheriff Troy Wolbersen made a request to increase his salary by nearly 7 percent (6.8 percent) — from $102,000 to $109,000. Meyer was again the one to make a motion, but instead of the requested $7,000 a year increase, Meyer made a motion to raise Wolbersen's salary by $3,000.

The motion passed by a 4-1 vote. Commissioner Jerry Rapp voted no.

Most county employee salaries receive a certain percentage each year for raises, but for elected officials, the pay increases are based on performance, according to Rosenow.

"We are paid for performance," Rosenow said.

Here's a look at the annual salaries for the four elected officials:

Attorney Chad Larson — increase is roughly 2.5 percent

2018: $106,000

2017: $103,400

2016: $98,500

2015: $95,595

Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow — increase is 2 percent

2018: $98,940

2017: $97,000

2016: $91,875

2015: $87,500

In addition, Rosenow will receive $$5,000 for being in charge of the county's central finance department.

Recorder Dawn Crouse — increase is roughly 2.8 percent

2018: $73,000

2017: $71,000

2016: $68,620

2015: $65,945

Sheriff Troy Wolbersen — increase is roughly 2.9 percent

2018: $105,000

2017: $102,000

2016: $98,000

2015: $93,000

In addition, Wolbersen will receive $10,000 for being the Douglas County Emergency Management director.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.

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