Raises approved for four county officials
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
Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow — increase is 2 percent
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
Sheriff Troy Wolbersen — increase is roughly 2.9 percent
In addition, Wolbersen will receive $10,000 for being the Douglas County Emergency Management director.