County board to vote on raises
The finance committee on March 7 sent the proposal to the county board for action on March 21.
Approval of the motion would give Sanilac County officials and non-union workers the same pay percentage increases received by courthouse employees in their new three-year contract — 2 ½ percent, 1 percent and 1 percent.
The finance committee opted for those percentages, rather than the 2 percent, 2 percent, 2 percent received by the two law enforcement groups in the sheriff department in their three-year contracts.
If approved, the first raise would take immediate effect, followed by the second in July and the third in July 2018. The timing of the raises would put all labor groups — union, nonunion and elected — on the same ending date, and coincide with the county’s goal to review the current wage and classification system in 2018 — five years after it was approved — in preparation for the “next round of (contract) negotiations,” said Commissioner Dan Dean, chairman of the finance committee.
The county has six elected department heads, five elected county commissioners, three elected road commissioners, and about 34 non-union workers, in departments ranging from the recycling center to the courts.
The current salaries for elected officials are: county clerk, $54,613; treasurer, $54,281; drain commissioner, $51,471; register of deeds, $52,381; prosecutor, $89,809; sheriff, $68,592; board of commissioners chairman and road commission chairman, $9,972; board of commissioners finance committee chairman, $9,311; and board of commissioners and road commissioners, $8,811.