County officeholders hold the line on salaries

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

As required by law, the Barry County Salary Commission met on Monday in the Barry County Courthouse in Cassville.

The group of elected officeholders gathered to discuss the salaries for those offices that will be elected in the upcoming 2012 election, which includes sheriff, assessor, northern commissioner, southern commissioner, public administrator and coroner.

Presiding Commissioner Cherry Warren made the motion to keep those salaries at their current levels. Southern Commissioner Wayne Hendrix seconded the motion.

The motion was approved unanimously with Warren, County Clerk Gary Youngblood, Circuit Clerk Craig Williams, Northern Commissioner Frank Washburn, Collector Janice Varner, Assessor Sherry Sears, Prosecuting Attorney Johnnie Cox, Sheriff Mick Epperly and Treasurer Lois Lowe all voting in favor of the measure.

Salary levels for the officeholders who will take office on Jan. 1, 2013, have not been increased since 2005 and those salaries are as follows: $29,700, northern and southern commissioners; $45,000, assessor; $50,000, sheriff; and $16,000, coroner. The public administrator is paid from fees.

"We don't want a salary increase, and nobody asked for one," said Warren.

According to Missouri state law, salary commission meetings must be held in each county at least once before Nov. 30 of each odd-numbered year to set salaries for those offices that are to be elected in the coming year.

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