Archive for Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Leavenworth County officials increase salaries

January 26, 2005

It recently became more lucrative to serve as an elected official in Leavenworth County -- particularly if you're the county clerk or county treasurer.

Shortly after taking the oath of office, Leavenworth County Commissioners unanimously approved pay increases for all county elected officials, including themselves.

According to newly elected Commissioner Dean Oroke, Tonganoxie, the pay increases -- including 25 percent pay raises for the clerk and treasurer -- mean elected officials' salaries in Leavenworth County now are more in line with those in other counties, including Reno, Riley, Saline and Douglas Counties.

The review of elected officials' salaries occurs every year, he said.

Here's a look at the salaries:

  • Leavenworth County Clerk Linda Scheer and Treasurer Janice Young were paid $47,800 last year.

This year, they will be paid $59,888, which represents a 25 percent increase.

Oroke said salaries for those two positions lagged far behind statewide averages.

  • Register of Deeds Stacy Driscoll also was paid $47,800 last year.

Commissioners increased her salary by 14.8 percent, to $54,888, a figure that, like the clerk and treasurer's office, brings it closer to statewide averages, Oroke said.

  • The salary of longtime County Attorney Frank Kohl was increased by $2,170, as was the salary for the county sheriff, Dave Zoellner, who took office this month.

Oroke said wages for both positions were increased last year to bring them closer to state averages.

Kohl's new salary of $77,750 represents an increase of 2.9 percent, while Zoellner's new salary of $71,270 is 3.1 percent higher than his predecessor's.

  • County commissioners also voted a $2,170 pay increase for themselves, on a 2-1 vote, with newly elected Commissioner Clyde Graeber voting against and Oroke and Commissioner Don Navinsky voting in favor.

The commissioners' new salaries of $43,570 represent a 5.2 percent increase from the commissioners' 2004 salaries.

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