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January 4, 2018 Supervisors select chairman for 2018
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In its first meeting for 2018 Tuesday, the Washington County Board of Supervisors elected Abe Miller chairman and Bob Yoder, vice-chairman. Both were a 4-1 vote with Jack Seward Jr. abstaining in the first and Yoder, declining to vote for himself in the second.

In other business, the board:

• Named The News as an official county publication. The newspaper serves Kalona, Wellman, Riverside and Lone Tree.

• Appointed Seward to a one-year term as its representative on the 8th Judicial Correctional Board.

• Appointed Bob Yoder to a three-year term as its representative to the Board of the East Central Iowa Council of Governments with Abe Miller as alternate. Both appointments followed board members noting they were “happy” to remain serving on their current boards.

• Noted that the compensation board proposed salaries are attorney, $118,544 (8.70 percent); sheriff, $97,963 (6.35 percent); auditor, $74,940 (3 percent); treasurer, $70,574 (3.76 percent); recorder, $69,545 (3.77 percent); supervisors, $39,031 (7.25 percent) and supervisors chairman stipend, $1,500, unchanged. The percentages are linked to rate equalization.

• Following a discussion regarding the county compensation board’s salary recommendation of a three-percent raise, the board tabled official action to next week, in part because it did not have the official letter from the board with its recommendation. However, discussion centered on considering doing the same as last year, with a two-percent raise. There also was discussion about the rate equalization for officials, which is and has been a move to equalize salaries. It was stressed that the payment is not a bonus. Discussion included possible wage impact on the budget, the fact that there is a union for county deputies, hourly wages and the need to fully update safety communications equipment by the end of 2019. Without the update, the board members agreed, the 911 systems will not work.

• Briefly discussed but took no action regarding scheduling departmental budget workshops for late January, noting that the budget meetings will follow action regarding salaries and wages.

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