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By DAVID CAMPHOUSE
At its Monday, May 23, meeting, the Pike County board voted to set salaries and salary increases for several of the county’s elected office heads – including the County Clerk, Treasurer, and Supervisor of Assessments.
A resolution laying out the total compensation for each elected position must be set by the board at least 180 days prior to the beginning of each new four-year term.
The County Clerk and Treasurer positions start at $57,416. On Monday, the board approved a $2,000 raise the first year of the term and a $1,000 raise for each of the three subsequent years – for a total $5,000 over the four-year term.
According to County Board President Jim Sheppard, because the board did not pass a salary resolution when Circuit Clerk Bryce Gleckler stepped into his position, Gleckler’s salary will remain at $57,416 through 2024.
The County Supervisor of Assessments’ pay starts at $59,416 and steps up the same $5,000 as the Clerk and Treasurer over the four-year term.
In addition, the resolution set forth the following annual stipends to be paid to the elected officials on top of their base salaries:
■ $6,500 to the County Clerk.
■ $6,500 to the County Treasurer.
■ $6,500 to the Circuit Clerk.
■ $3,000 to the Supervisor of Assessments.
The county has additionally established an annual stipend of $4,500 to the County Clerk to oversee IMRF and $2,800 annually to the County Clerk to oversee risk management.
The board went on to pass a second resolution to set the Sheriff’s salary. State statute dictates that the Sheriff’s salary is to be at least 80 percent of the State’s Attorney’s salary, which is determined by the state.
In addition, the resolution provides an annual stipend of $6,500 to the Sheriff.
The current Sheriff also serves as county coroner, which receives a salary of $19,000. The coroner position is appointed by the County Board and need not necessarily be the Sheriff. In fact, according to Sheppard, Pike County is the only county in the state that contracts the Sheriff to serve as coroner.
After a misunderstanding last month with lenders bidding on a loan to purchase the East Building of the former JDL Properties (and the surrounding 7.3 acres) at the Pittsfield industrial park to house the Pike County Highway Department, the board awarded the bid to Central State Bank.
The loan is a two-year promissory note for $1.1M at 1.94%, with a balloon payment due at the end of the two-year term.
The county is seeking a 20-year USDA low-interest loan to pay off the two-year promissory note. There is no penalty for early payment.
Sheppard said the county will close on the property at 2 p.m. on June 1.
Sheppard also said that the county’s pending audit, which should have been conducted in January, continues to be indefinitely delayed, as the county attempts to reconcile flawed entries in the county’s payroll system from June and July of 2021. Sheppard said he hopes to have a date to complete the reconciliations and proceed with the audit by next week. Without an audit, the county, according to Sheppard, risks being placed on a State of Illinois “do not pay” list.
In other business, the board:
■ Approved Wayne Bingham to the Rural Griggsville Fire Protection District through May 2025.
■ Approved Ronnie Stinebaker and Duane Pool to the Brown Cemetery Association through July 2028.
■ Approved Dr. Christopher Wagoner, Dr. Brett Schafer, and Tom Leahy to the Board of Health through July 1, 2025.