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Supervisors approve raises for county employees

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The five elected supervisors of Carroll County did not give themselves raises this year but approved modest salary increases for other elected county officials and non-union employees on Monday.

Union employees already were set to receive a 2.5-percent pay increase.

The core of the discussion centered on a county compensation board suggestion that Sheriff Ken Pingrey receive a 6-percent raise and other elected officials receive a 4-percent raise. That board comprises residents who advocate for the different officials.

Given the uncertainty that has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic, the supervisors said they were hesitant to approve salary increases of that size.

“I don’t think this is the year,” said Supervisor Gene Meiners, who advocated for raises closer to the 1.3-percent cost-of-living adjustment that recently was applied to Social Security payments. “We’ve got people who are on fixed incomes who are having a rough time. Our businesses are having a rough time.”

Ultimately, a majority of the supervisors voted to halve the compensation board’s recommendation to 3- and 2-percent raises.

The new approved salaries for elected officials will be:

— Sheriff Ken Pingrey: $93,362.29, and increase of about $2,720.

— Attorney John Werden: $79,339.68, an increase of about $1,560.

— Auditor Kourtney Irlbeck: $74,390.64, an increase of about $1,460.

— Treasurer Lisa Wagner: $71,665.20, an increase of $1,410.

— Recorder Ashten Wittrock: $67,081.32, an increase of about $1,320.

The supervisors’ salaries will remain at $32,632.

Non-elected, non-union employees also will receive a 2.5-percent raise.

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