BarCo salary commission keeps 2 percent raise

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Raises voted on by commission each year, not given since 2015

The Barry County Salary Commission convened recently, voting to keep a 2 percent annual cost of living raise for elected officials.

Commission members attending this year’s meeting were: Circuit Clerk Craig Williams, Sheriff Gary Davis, Assessor Sherry Smith, Treasurer Lois Lowe, Presiding Commissioner Gary Youngblood, Northern Commissioner Gary Schad, Southern Commissioner Wayne Hendrix, Collector Skyler Bowman, Recorder Danielle Still and County Clerk Jill LeCompte.

The last increase given by the commission was 5 percent in 2018, the first increase for Lowe and county commissioners since 2003.

Lowe motioned for the commission to approve the 2 percent annual cost of living raise, keeping what was approved in the commission’s meeting in 2015, and reviewed each year by the County Commission.

Each January, the Commission may award up to 2 percent for each officeholder by placing it in the budget, and compensation increases for officeholders may not exceed the percentage increase given to other county employees, who received a 3 percent increase in 2019.

Lowe’s motion passed 8-1, with Schad voting against it. Coroner Jim Fohn, Public Administrator Keith Daniels and Prosecutor Amy Boxx were not in attendance.

Current elected official salaries are:

• Still, Lowe, Smith, LeCompte and Bowman, $47,250.

• Youngblood, $33,285

• Schad and Hendrix $31,185

• Davis, $54,600

• Fohn, $16,800

• Boxx (set by state), $141,639.96

Williams’ salary does not run through county payroll.

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