Sheriff, clerk of court salaries set for 2019-22

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Pay near the middle of county’s salary schedule

The Oconto County Board has approved the salaries for the county sheriff and clerk of circuit courts for 2019 through 2022, the next four-year term.

The positions are up for election in November, and state law requires counties to set their salaries before nomination papers begin circulating on April 15.

Supervisors on Feb. 22 unanimously approved a salary schedule that pays the sheriff $91,686 in 2019 with 2 percent increases up to $97,298 in 2022. The clerk of circuit courts would earn $65,091 in 2019 with similar 2 percent increases to $69,075 in 2022.

The levels were recommended by the board’s Personnel and Wages Committee. For 2018, Sheriff Mike Jansen is making a salary of $83,658, and Clerk of Circuit Courts Mike Hodkiewicz is earning $61,563.

Administrative Coordinator Kevin Hamann told the board that the salaries were based on Step 6 of the county’s compensation plan, developed with the help of Carlson Dettmann Consulting, which is approximately in the middle of the salary schedule.

“The salaries would be somewhat comparable to other counties — some higher, some lower. But the personnel committee believed that these would be realistic salary amounts,” Hamann said.

The increases are similar to those for other county employees, with the starting bump in 2019 a result of the 2014 resolution that gave Jansen and Hodkiewicz increases only every other year, falling behind the rest of the county.

Other department heads may be higher or lower than Step 6, depending on the individual who holds the position. Because of the election law, counties have to make salary decisions without knowing who will be getting those salaries, Hamann said.

“Right now, I don’t know who is going to fill the sheriff position or the clerk of courts. So I just have to take an average,” said Hamann, who developed the recommendation for the personnel committee. “Whether somebody with 30 years of experience gets elected or somebody with no experience gets elected, we still have to pay them the same. So that’s a little unique — kind of hard to put into our system. That’s why it’s at Step 6.”

Jansen, who has been sheriff since 2003, just announced he plans to retire after this term. Hodkiewicz, who has been clerk of circuit courts since 1990, has not yet stated his intentions publicly.