Linn County Supervisor Once Again a Full Time Job

By Dave Franzman, Reporter

Linn County Auditor Joel Miller gives copies of a report regarding iMaint and former contract employee J. Clarahan to the Linn County Board of Supervisors (from left) Linda Langston, Lu Barron, John Harris and Ben Rogers during a meeting at Linn County West in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, May 23, 2012. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- Linn County Supervisors will go back to “full time” pay status as of July 1st. And that will mean a pay increase of more than 20% for the five members of the board that oversees county government.

Supervisors made the pay decision at Wednesday’s formal meeting after a week’s delay.

In 2009, supervisors cut salaries to 80 percent of full time after voters increased the size of the board from three to five members. The argument then was going from three to five meant supervisors wouldn’t have to work full time. The slightly more than three quarter salary for a Linn County Supervisor now is $74,362.00 per year.

Before the vote, every supervisor agreed the job of running county government, without a county manager, is a full time position.

The 4 to 1 vote in favor of going back to full time status means the salary for board members increases to $94,812.80 per year as of July 1st. In addition, the board cut in half the 4 percent increase recommended recently by the county compensation board. Another two percent increase for all elected officials in Linn County will also begin January 1, 2014.

Linn County Supervisors will now earn the same yearly salary as the county recorder, treasurer and assessor. The sheriff and county attorney earn larger salaries.

Only one member of the public spoke in opposition to the salary increase for supervisors on Wednesday.

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