When they met Wednesday, Leavenworth County commissioners voted to remove elected officials from a county pay plan.

When they met Wednesday, Leavenworth County commissioners voted to remove elected officials from a county pay plan.

Salaries of the county elected officials are set each year by the commission. But the salaries were being determined using the same pay plan that is used for employees of the county government. The pay plan takes into consideration factors such as experience and education.

The change approved Wednesday by the County Commission removes the commissioners as well as other elected officials such as the county clerk and sheriff from the pay plan.

Commissioners previously discussed the issue during an April 17 work session.

County Administrator Mark Loughry said commissioners reached a consensus then to remove the salaries of county elected officials from the pay plan. The issue was brought back to commissioners Wednesday for formal adoption.

Commissioners unanimously approved the measure without much discussion Wednesday.

Commission Chairman Doug Smith said he believed commissioners had gone over the issue thoroughly during the work session.

During the April 17 work session, Commissioner Jeff Culbertson argued that having salaries of elected officials determined by a pay plan that takes into account things such as experience could affect the outcome of elections. He argued some people may vote for a candidate because his or her salary will cost taxpayers less than that of another candidate.

Commissioner Vicky Kaaz said during the April 17 meeting that elected officials in the future can bring to the commission budget requests for their offices that include their proposed salaries.

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