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Saturday, May 25, 2024

County department heads get salary bump

At Tuesday’s meeting, Cottonwood County Commissioners debated the salaries for the four elected department heads in the county.

Late last year, the board offered each position an increase equivalent to a cost of living increase of roughly 3%. However, the elected officials noted the board did not take into account experience, training and other factors.

Two of those elected officials — county attorney Nick Anderson and auditor/treasurer Donna Torkelson — have since resigned to take high-paid positions elsewhere.

The board subsequently approved increases amounting to roughly 4.1% for the county recorder, attorney and auditor/treasurer and nearly 5% for the sheriff.

The board also approved a pay increase for the highway engineer on a 4-1 vote.

More from Tuesday’s meeting appears in the March 6 print and e-editions of the Citizen.

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