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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • County elected officials get raise

  • When they approved their 2013 budget, the Leavenworth County Commission had approved an increase in the salaries for elected officials in line with that given to rank and file employees.
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  • When they approved their 2013 budget, the Leavenworth County Commission had approved an increase in the salaries for elected officials in line with that given to rank and file employees.
    However, according to County Clerk Janet Klasinski, that raise was never implemented. County employees received a 1-percent in pay as of Jan. 1, and then as much as 2-percent in June in the form of a merit pay adjustment based on the result of performance evaluations.
    County Counselor David Van Parys said the commission typically sets pay for elected officials during its annual reorganization in January.
    “In January of 2013, we did ask to bring that up and it was put off,” for the commission to consider other adjustments to elected official salaries, Klasinski said. “That has not happened, but I think that we should go ahead and allow the 3 percent for elected officials in Leavenworth County, since it was budgeted for.”
    Van Parys asked the commission whether they wanted to make the increases retroactive to that time. Commissioner Dennis Bixby said he would like to see the elected officials' raises mirror those of the rest of the employees, with 1 percent made effective Jan. 1 and the rest taking effect in June.
    “I think we need to seek equity whenever we can,” he said.
    Commissioner Clyde Graeber asked whether the measure would effect the county's 2014 budget. Klasinski said it would not.
    “It was put in there in 2013,” and remains built into that document, she said.
    Graeber also wanted to confirm the list of those not covered by the proposed increase.
    “If I remember the original motion made for those increases, it was to not include the commission,” he said.
    Klasinski confirmed that the three commissioners would not receive the increase.
    The commission voted to give the county's elected officials a 1-percent raise retroactively effective Jan. 1 and another 2-percent that would be effective as of June.
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