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By Carmen Ensinger
The Greene County Board passed a resolution at the Nov. 9 board meeting that will cap the salary of the Greene County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy at $67,000. The Chief Deputy position is not a union position.
Per the resolution, the “base/starting salary shall be $55,000 annually. The position shall be afforded an additional $1,000 for each year of service in the Chief Deputy position, but shall at no point exceed $67,000 annually.”
The action comes after the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill on April 19 requiring the salary of the sheriff in a non-home rule county be not less than 80 percent of the salary set for the State’s Attorney.
The State will furnish two-thirds of the total annual salary from the Department of Revenue’s Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund or the General Revenue Fund. The County will pick up the other one-third of the salary.
Presently, the county is responsible for 100 percent of the Sheriff’s salary.
The Greene County Sheriff salary is currently $69,392 while the salary of the Greene County State’s Attorney is $142,068.19. Both of those salaries will increase after the first of the year.
Greene County Sheriff Rob McMillen, who just won another four-year term as Sheriff, will see his current salary increase to $113,654, a whopping increase of $44,262.55.
With the State picking up two-thirds of the Sheriff’s annual salary, Greene County will be responsible for approximately $37,881.06 of the Sheriff’s salary. This will mean a savings of $31,510.93 for the county since the county is, presently, not reimbursed for any of the Sheriff’s salary.
However, prior to the passage of this resolution, the County was giving the Chief Deputy position 75 percent of the salary of the Sheriff’s position.
Prior to the passage of this resolution on Nov. 9, and with the passage of the bill in April, the County would be facing paying its Chief Deputy roughly $33,000 more than his current salary.
The Chief Deputy currently receives a salary of just over $52,000. However, with the increase in the sheriff’s salary, 75 percent of that salary would increase his salary to $85,240.91.
The current Chief Deputy, Cale Hoesman, is also the Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Coordinator which comes with a stipend of $3,500. The resolution provides for extra stipends from such positions, which are not included in the salary of the Chief Deputy position.