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Ogle County freezes raises for elected officials

OREGON – Ogle County elected officials won’t be seeing anything extra in their paychecks until 2013.

In an effort to curb spending, the county board voted late last month to freeze the wages of the county clerk and recorder, county treasurer and collector, circuit clerk, and sheriff for the 2011 and 2012 fiscal years.

The officials will receive a $1,000 raise in 2013, and nothing more in 2014.

The clerk, treasurer and circuit clerk are paid $67,500 a year; the sheriff makes $75,500.

The cutbacks were approved 13-9 last month after much debate. Two previous wage proposals were soundly defeated and another never came to a vote.

According to state statute, the salaries of elected county officials must be set 180 days before they take office. Those elected Nov. 2 will take office Dec. 1.

County Clerk and Recorder Rebecca Huntley and County Treasurer and Collector John Coffman are running unopposed.

Sheriff Greg Beitel was defeated by Michael Harn in the February primary. Harn is running unopposed for sheriff. All three candidates are Republicans.

Circuit Clerk Marty Typer’s term does not end until 2012.

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