SWEETWATER COUNTY – At the last Sweetwater County Commissioners meeting, pay raises were approved for the Chief Deputy’s of the county but one was not included. On Tuesday, the commissioners approved a raise for the chief deputy in the Sweetwater County Coroner’s Office.
Head of Human Resources at the county Garry McLean and Coroner Dale Majhanovich approached the commission about the increase. McClean said he drafted a resolution to increase the pay based on the percentage the commissioners used for the other chief deputies which was 85 percent of what the elected officials salary is. It would increase the pay for the coroner’s chief deputy from approximately $46,700 to $52,000.
Commissioner Reid West asked if the increase is covered in the budget. County Clerk Dale Davis said it is not and he would bring a budget amendment to cover the increase for the final months of the fiscal year.
During the discussion at the last commission meeting, Kolb said he could not support such a high increase. On Tuesday, he again said he would not support it because he was not comfortable such a high percentage.
Majhanovich said his deputy has been with him for 20 years, puts in the work and is well deserving of the increase.
Commissioner Gary Bailiff also spoke in favor of the raise. He explained he has been on different scenes with the coroner’s office and said the work they do is amazing.
“These guys earn their money,” Bailiff said.
The increase was approved by a 4-1 vote with Kolb voting against the increase.