In 2009 magistrates made $17,467 and in 2011 will be making $17,501. The county attorney’s position made $23,081 in 2009 but will increase in 2011 to $23,130 with the coroner was making $11,816 in 2001 having made $11,791 in 2009. These Cost of Living (COL) increases amount to a 2.72 percent increase according to the county’s pay plan.
Magistrate Jo Orange voted for the salaries but was later very unhappy she did.
“I thought they would be the same as last year,” said an angry Orange.
The only reason Orange voted for the county’s pay plan of action was because she had asked Judge/Executive Logan Chick if they were the same which he said he thought they were.
“I voted on this thinking it would be the same. I asked you (Chick) and you said they were the same. I don’t think in this economy we need a raise. I am not for the magistrates getting a raise,” she said sternly.
After Chick apologized to Orange saying he thought it was going to be the same, she requested the court look at the county’s pay plan, which automatically gives a COL increase each year.
“I don’t know any other employee who gets an automatic raise each year,” said Orange.
Orange later said the issue was unclear and she didn’t think Judge Chick understood her question.
The court also set the salaries of elected official’s deputies and assistants (deputy judge executive/finance officer, deputy coroner and assistant county attorney) for new term to begin January 2011. The deputy judge executive/finance officer received a 3 percent raise with the assistant county attorney and deputy coroners receiving the same as last year. This was a budgeted expense said Chick.
The court approved the annual order of setting maximum amount, which the sheriff of Logan County may expend, from fees during calendar year 2010 at $1,384,956 for deputies, assistants, and other employees (dog warden, mechanic, bailiffs, process clerk, school resource officers, drug task force deputies, and part-time personnel).
Magistrate Dickie Carter wanted a breakdown of what the bailiffs would be paid. Carter is keeping a close check on those county employees saying he doesn't think the county should have to foot the bill for the state’s responsibility. Currently the state pays $8 toward’s a bailiffs pay with the county picking up the rest of a $10 an hour position.
The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) would like the county to have 12 part-time bailiffs to protect the new Justice Center; however, the county is trying to keep it at eight,
Magistrates and the judge approved the annual order of setting maximum amount, which the clerk of Logan County may expend from fees during calendar year 2010 at $449,670 for deputies, assistants, and other employees.