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Commissioners approve raises for elected officials

MONTESANO — The county commissioners approved a resolution on March 24 linking the pay hikes given to its union workers to its elected officials, as well. That means when the Teamsters get a cost of living adjustment, the sheriff will get one, too; or when courthouse employees get a raise, the auditor, assessor, clerk, coroner and treasurer will get raises, too.

The commissioners recently made the change so that exempt employees in the county are also tied to the county contracts, as well.

The only exception to the rule is for the county commissioners, themselves. The commissioners decided to give themselves raises at the start of their next terms, should they win re-election. The commissioners each make $76,224. That salary will go up to $78,600, beginning Jan. 1, 2015 for whoever wins the election for District 3, currently held by Commissioner Herb Welch, who will not seek re-election; and Jan. 1, 2017 for the seats currently occupied by Commissioners Frank Gordon and Wes Cormier.