The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors accepted the recommendation of the Cherokee County Compensation Board to increase the salaries of elected county officials, except for themselves, by 2.5 percent for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The supervisors had not requested any increase in salary and the compensation board did not recommend any. The compensation board recommended that all other elected county officials - sheriff, auditor, treasurer, recorder and county attorney receive a 2.5 percent increase in salary.
By state law, the supervisors can give a percentage of the recommendations of the compensation board from 0 (no salary increase for any of the officials) to 100 percent. If the supervisors reduce the percentage it approves for one elected county official it has to reduce the amount for all elected county officials by the same percentage. The supervisors cannot go lower than 0 percent (reducing pay) or higher than 100 percent of the amount recommended by the compensation board.
The 2.5 percent applies only to salary and does not take into account the increased county contribution toward health insurance which is automatically adjusted as the cost increases.
Jeff Simonsen was voted chairman of the board of supervisors as the initial item of the organizational meeting.
Ron Wetherell, who had served as the previous chairman, was elected vice chairman.
The supervisors voted to retain the same day and time for their regularly scheduled meetings, Tuesday at 9 a.m.
The Chronicle Times and the Marcus News were designated as official publications for the county.