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Commission Sees Salary Study

By Staff | Dec 18, 2015

During special meetings last week and Tuesday morning, the Board of County Commissioners got to see and vote on results of a long-awaited salary study.

The salary study takes county employees’ wages and years of experience in their positions into account and compares them to the wages of other employees holding similar positions in a regional market. Salaries are adjusted based on a percentage of the market share.

The study found that some employees were under market percentages, while some were at 100 percent or over. Figures included some working dispatch at the Law Enforcement Center were making figures from 68 to 92 percent of the market; blade operators from low 80s to 100 percent; Sheriff at 79 percent; two deputies at over 100 percent; two eligibility workers for Social Services at 100 percent and over; corrections officers from 88 to 100 percent; corporals from 96 to 98 percent; sergeants from 98 to 105 percent, and other employees in 80s and 90s percentage figures.

The study was done by Galen Cariveau, of Cariveau Workforce Services.

“You’re in pretty darn good shape,” Cariveau said to the board.

The board approved adjusting salaries based on 95 percent of a regional market.


On Tuesday the board approved the resignation of Coleen Stutrud, who currently serves as the county clerk of court.

Judge John C. McClintock, Jr., encouraged the board to offer the position to Deputy Clerk of Court Karin Fritel. Northeast Judicial District Administrator Merylee Castellanos said that if Fritel doesn’t accept the position the state can only assist. The state cannot put an employee in the office as Pierce County does not have a sufficient case load to qualify.

The board offered the clerk of court position to Fritel. The position is an appointed one.


The board approved a proposal from Johnson’s Plumbing in Rugby to install an exhaust fan and $675 to install a low-eminent control on condensers in the boiler room at the Social Services building to take care of moisture problems.

The board approved a payment of $6,000 to USDA Rural Development for the Heart of America Library elevator project.

The board approved a tax abatement application for $90,026 for Paul & Linda Ripplinger.

The board approved transfers of $100,000 from the County Poor Relief fund to Social Services; $100,000 from the Highway Distribution fund to the Road & Bridge fund; $120,000 to the E 9-1-1 fund; $120,082 from the 2014 Disaster fund to Juniata Township; $5,503 from the Wireless fund to the E 9-1-1 fund and $346.44 to insurance reserve.

The board approved transferring balances remaining after Dec. 31 from OASIS, the LEC, Insurance Reserve, County Park and Health Insurance funds to the county’s general fund.

The board met with Rugby Public Schools Superintendent Mike McNeff, who requested the board look into a way around a road in Tofte Township, between Sections 28 and 29. The road is used as a bus route but part of it is covered by water.

The board approved bills for the county and the Heart of America Correctional Center.

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