County Compensation Board Recommends County Elected Officials To Get A 4% Salary Increase

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Members of the Plymouth County Compensation Board listened to comments from county elected officials as they determine the percentage salary increase.  Pictured left to right include Compensation Board members, Robin Klemme, Bruce Brock, chairwoman Pam Floy, Chad Thompson, Dan Albert and John Ahlers.  Missing was Rick Kneip.

(Le Mars) — Plymouth County Compensation Board met yesterday (Thursday) afternoon at the Courthouse Annex building to determine the rate of salary increase for county elected officials. The board listened to each of the elected officials explain their jobs, duties, and responsibilities. In each instance, they informed the County Compensation Board how 2020 was such an
unusual year, because of the COVID-19 virus. Due to the coronavirus, almost each of the different departments encountered a larger work load than the previous year. After nearly two hours of listening to the various elected officials offer their testimony, the compensation board had submitted
suggestions for salary increases ranging from 2 and a half percent all the way up to a ten percent raise. The compensation board then voted and agreed to make one suggestion that would be across the board with each elected official to have the same percentage of increase. Board of Supervisors chairman, Don Kass asked the compensation board to increase the elected
officials salaries, but as for the supervisors, to offer a lower increase than what would be offered to the County Recorder, Auditor, Treasurer, Sheriff, and Attorney. After some discussion, the county compensation board agreed to a four percent salary increase across the board for all county elected officials. The county compensation board did not make a separate
percentage pay raise for the county supervisors. Representatives of the Plymouth County Compensation Board will report to the County Board of Supervisors during its next meeting to submit its proposed salary increase for the county elected officials.