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SIOUX CITY | Woodbury County's five supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to give themselves, along with the four other elected county officials, a 2.75 percent pay raise next year.

That pay hike percentage had been recommended by the county compensation board. The vote came as the supervisors finalized the county's $54.7 million budget plan for the 2018-19 fiscal year. 

The supervisors' current annual pay is $39,469 for chairman Rocky De Witt and $33,151 each for Jeremy Taylor, Keith Raid, Marty Pottebaum and Matthew Ung. On July 1, the salaries will increase to $40,554 for De Witt and $34,063 for the four other supervisors.

County Attorney P.J. Jennings continues to be the highest paid elected official, with his annual salary increasing from $123,219 to $126,608.

Sheriff Dave Drew's pay will grow from $102,544 to $105,364, Auditor Pat Gill's salary will increase from $86,320 to $88,694, and Treasurer Mike Clayton's pay will go from $84,178 to $86,492.

No one from the public spoke for or against the raises at Tuesday's meeting.

The system in Iowa is that county supervisors vote on their own pay, after county compensation boards appointed by the elected officials make a recommendation.

Al Sturgeon, chairman of the board, noted the 2.75 percent raise was defensible, since it was equal to what the supervisors announced they planned to give department heads and non-union county workers. Union members who work for the county will receive raises in the range of 2.5 percent to 3 percent in the 2018-19 fiscal year.

In less discussion on the raises than in many recent years, the supervisors quickly approved the comp board proposal Tuesday. Under state law, the county supervisors could have approved or rejected the recommendations, or reduced the increases by the same percentage.

Taylor noted that the key staff members of the county elected officials, categorized as deputies by Iowa law, have their raises tied to the same percentages as their bosses. Taylor said those deputies deserved ample raises of the 2.75 percent proposed.

Drew thanked the supervisors and said his command staff deserved a nice increase.

"The elected officials, I think, do a good job," Taylor added.

Last year, the compensation board recommended no raise for the five supervisors, 5 percent for Clayton and Drew, and 4 percent for Jennings and Gill. The supervisors a month later approved no raises for themselves, then halved the recommended other raises, dropping them in the range from 2 percent to 2.5 percent.


County and education reporter

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