CCI Gauging Counties’ Interest in Pay Raises for Elected Officials

pay raiseColorado Counties Incorporated is gauging the interest of County Commissioners throughout the state in giving raises to elected officials.  Elected officials in Colorado have not had their pay raised since 2006.  The CCI sent out a survey to county commissioners asking them how they would feel about pay raises.  There are a few options listed as to how much the raise should be: 15%, 25%, 30%, or not at all.  The Moffat County Commissioners say while it would be nice to give those officials a raise, it could put the county in financial straits if the economy does not improve.  County Clerk and Recorder Lila Herrod says in some cases, hired department heads are making more than elected officials.  Commissioner Chuck Grobe says the survey is very preliminary, and will be used to determine the CCI’s position on any ballot issue that may arise this year.  Grobe also said if raises are approved, they may be spread out over a few years to make the transition easier.  Based on that, the commissioners agreed to mark 15% on the survey and send it back.