Look for state elected officials and local coppers to pitch salary hikes during future legislative and city council meetings, comparing state and local salaries as justification for pay hikes.
Ada County Commishes approved a budget crowding $200,000,000 last week and bumped up the salaries of elected officials including a 15% hike for Sheriff Gary Raney, putting him within a few dollars of the Governor’s salary.
The commissioners say county revenues are growing and elected officials’ salaries — particularly the sheriff’s — need to be aligned with the marketplace and to recognize top performance. Never mind the fact the prosecutor and sheriff are directing an investigation into the conduct of the Commishes over the Dynamis trash to energy project.
The Sheriff and Prosecutor Greg Bower were the largest beneficiaries of the so-called salary adjustments. Raney will make $115,535 and Bower will rake in $139,648. That puts Raney about ten grand higher than Idaho State Police Colonel Jerry Russell and Bower more than $35,000 above Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.
The Commishes also tweaked their own wages by 2.5% to $97,434. County Clerk Chris Rich was raised to the same salary level, putting him almost $4,000 above Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa’s $93,756.
The DAILY PAPER ran some comparison salary figures which reveal the top cop salary in Ada County goes to Garden City Chief James Bensley at $119,933. Number two is Boise Chief Mike Masterson’s $116,896. Bensley is possibly the highest paid cop in all of Idaho.
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