Commissioners Struggle to Justify Elected Official Salary

SWEETWATER COUNTY — During the Sweetwater County Fee meeting Tuesday, the Commissioners expressed their disfavor with boosting the salaries of elected officers.

Elected officials a short while ago introduced a proposal to the Commission to raise the salaries of the county assessor, legal professional, sheriff, treasurer, clerk, district courtroom clerk, and coroner. This proposal arrived just after the Wyoming Legislature passed HB91 during its price range session, which “amends the salaries for county assessors, part-time county-and-prosecuting lawyers, part-time county attorneys, county clerks, clerks of district court docket, county sheriffs, and county treasurers.”

Due to this, the elected officials are seeking a salary improve. The bill sets the cap on salaries at $145,000. County Assessor Dave Divis reported the elected officers agreed the county legal professional and sheriff need to make the most with $135,000. According to the July 2021 wage disclosure, currently in Sweetwater County the county assessor, lawyer, clerk, clerk of district court, and sheriff make $100,000. The county coroner income is set at $65,000 and the treasurer produced $94,743.65 this past 12 months.

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Even so, the Commission did not categorical their help for this proposal for the duration of Tuesday’s Commission conference. Commissioner Roy Lloyd said he has a really hard time justifying the raises dependent on the presentation supplied by the elected officers.

“I consider my history has proven I’ve been professional-worker the whole time I have been a commissioner and have usually advocated for the ideal for our workers, but I imagine in this position is the to start with time I’m not heading that way,” Commissioner Lloyd reported. “I really do not know if I’m actually not currently being pro-staff, I just never believe I agree with the methodology of contemplating. I genuinely struggle with some of the presentation for transferring all those salaries to $130,000 to $135,000. The comparisons we’re getting is ‘this is what our section administrators make’ but I do not think it’s an apples-to-apples choice.” 

He stated 1 of the explanations the elected officials cited to receive raises was that there are office administrators in the county who are making the similar or additional than them. Lloyd added that he does not feel this is superior justification mainly because when using the services of department administrators they are hunting at the staff, whereas when location salaries for elected officials they are searching at a placement.

“When we look at employing a person and providing another person a elevate that is a department director, we can get a seem at their several years of assistance, their training level, what they convey to the desk, and what they have introduced to the desk. When we’re placing a salary to an elected formal, we’re selecting a posture, not an personal, so some of people matters do not subject,” Commissioner Lloyd mentioned.

I do respect all of our elected officials… I just have a really hard time justifying what was presented to us as a elevate boost. 

-Commissioner Roy Lloyd

Commissioner Lloyd also pointed out that so far the only two counties in the point out who have lifted the elected formal salaries are Teton and Sheridan County. Teton County elevated all their elected formal salaries to $145,000. In accordance to Lloyd, Sheridan County lifted the sheriff salary from $71,115 to $91,400, the lawyer wage from $98,500 to $115,000, and the relaxation of the positions went from $67,800 to $87,100. 

Commissioner Mary Thoman explained the regular salary for elected officers across the point out is $60,000 to $70,000, in accordance to wage schedules specified to the Commission by Jerimiah Rieman, Wyoming County Commissioners Association’s Government Director. 

“If you glimpse at Sheridan County’s populace size, there are 31,283 individuals compared to our 40,778. But if you glimpse at even the a few more substantial counties than us, we’re equivalent to what Campbell County is, but we previously spend far more than Natrona and Laramie. So I have a really hard time actually searching at that $135,000 amount and that big leap for individuals departments,” Commissioner Lloyd explained.

Commissioners Thoman and Lauren Schoenfeld each claimed they would help furnishing a Charge-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) elevate to the elected officers, but they agreed they could not justify the leap in salaries.

Commissioner Lloyd also claimed that since they are conversing about elected officers, he felt it was significant to be aware he will be recommending a 25 % reduce in commissioner salaries in the course of the price range system this year.

“I do not want to have any dialogue about going commissioner salaries, in actuality, when we get to our spending plan I’ll advise a 25 % reduce in fee salaries like I did previous 12 months. I know it won’t go, but I will be building that recommendation as I did last calendar year. With that getting reported, I want to make it crystal clear to constituents that I don’t believe that is something we ought to contemplate whatsoever,” he mentioned.

Commissioner Lloyd will be performing with the county’s HR department and talking with elected officers to arrive up with a proposal to talk about and potentially approve at the next Commission meeting on Could 3.

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