No Base Salary Increases for Elected County Officials

By Beacon Staff

Flathead County commissioners voted unanimously to maintain current salaries for most elected county officials for the 2010-2011 fiscal year on Tuesday, holding to the County Compensation Board’s recommendation that there should be no cost of living adjustment for any base salaries.

Only justices of the peace and the sheriff received increases, accounting for longevity payments.

The salaries accounted for newly elected officials when considering the longevity increases for both justice of the peace Department 1 and the sheriff. From July 1 to Dec. 31, the current Department 1 justice of the peace will receive $39,098. When a new justice of the peace takes office Jan. 1, 2011, his salary will be $35,544 until June 30, 2011.

Similarly, the current sheriff/coroner will receive a $41,030 salary from July 1 to the end of the year. The new sheriff-elect will be paid $35,117 from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2011.

Last year, the county’s elected officials saw a 1.9 percent increase in their base pay, approved by commissioners Dale Lauman and Jim Dupont, with Commissioner Joe Brenneman voting against it.

The other county’s elected officials’ salaries, effective July 1, for fiscal year 2010-2011 are as follows: clerk of district court, $60,235; county treasurer/assessor, $62,235; justice of the peace Department 2, $73,933; clerk/recorder/surveyor, $62,235; county commissioners, $62,235; superintendent of schools, $60,635; county attorney $95,879.

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