Employees of Sheridan County will see raises in pay next year. Commissioners approved the measure this week, by approving the county's general fund budget. In a recent interview, Commission Chairman Terry Cram gave the details and talked about the county's fiscal situation.
In earlier budget planning sessions, the commissioners agreed to freeze the salaries for elected officials. In doing so, the annual pay for a county commissioner in Sheridan County stayed at $33,900. Commissioner Steve Maier said that amount is half the annual salary of the lowest paid employee, which is a stipulation mandated by state statute, and based on a previous decision by the county attorney, he said they did not attempt to lower their own salaries, this time around.
The lowest paid elected officials are the clerk, treasurer, assessor and clerk of district court, at salaries of $67,800. The highest paid is the county attorney, at $89,850. The sheriff's annual salary is a little more than $71,000. The commissioners did make one change to the elected official salary schedule. They decided to pay the county coroner an annual salary, which was set at $15,000. The coroner has been working for decades being paid on a case-by-case basis. All of the salaries go into effect in January.