Salary for combined sheriff-coroner position approved

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The newly created position of Fergus County Sheriff/Coroner now has a salary level, approved by the Fergus County commissioners at their Wednesday afternoon meeting.

In August 2017 the commissioners voted to combine the currently separate positions of sheriff and coroner into one position. Starting Jan. 1, 2019, the two positions will become one.

Thursday of this week marked the start of the 2018 election process, as it was the first day candidates could file to run for office. Candidates must pay a filing fee of half a percent of the annual salary of the position they are running for.

What that means, according to Clerk and Recorder Rana Wichman, is the salary for the position must be set so the filing fee can be determined.

The commissioners unanimously approved the annual salary of $53,425 as the base pay for the combined position. The salary was determined by taking the base sheriff’s salary of $48,568 and adding and additional 10 percent ($4,857) for the coroner’s duties.

“We needed to do this to determine the filing fees,” said District 3 Commissioner Carl Seilstad. “The commission sets the base rates for the position each year, so we can revisit this in the future as needed.”


In other business

At Wednesday’s meeting the commissioners also:

• Approved the January claims in the amount of $91,677;

• Approved a budget amendment to add $5,000 to the family planning budget to cover rent payments;

• Approved the transfer of $150,000 to Snowy Mountain Development Fund to be used as matching funds for a grant.

“This is a $250,000 Department of Commerce grant we have applied for,” said Kathie Bailey, executive director of the Snowy Mountain Development Corporation. “If we get the grant, we need matching funds. The money will be used to make revolving loans to small business owners; this is gap funding.”

Bailey said the funds would be loaned primarily to Fergus County businesses to fill gaps in funding economic development projects when banks required business owners to have a certain amount on hand before applying for a traditional business expansion loan.

“The county isn’t in the loan business, but SMDC is,” said Ross Butcher, commission presiding officer. “The funding is from the Fergus County Hard Rock Trust account, the Economic Development account, and the Economic Development Loan account.”

The commissioners announced there are positions open at the fairgrounds, nurse’s office, maintenance department, human resources department and Justice Court.




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