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Ogle County officials get 2 percent pay hikes

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

OREGON – The supervisors of five Ogle County departments have received raises.

The Ogle County Board approved 2 percent pay hikes last month for five appointed county officials – Engineer Curtis Cook, Focus House Director Matt Mekeel, Supervisor of Assessments Jim Harrison, Zoning Administrator Mike Reibel, and Solid Waste Management Director Steve Rypkema.

A motion in December for a 3 percent raise for Cook sparked a debate and then was amended, defeated, and sent back to the Road and Bridge Committee for further study.

Some county board members objected to Cook’s raise in December, because other department heads did not get pay hikes.

However, County Board member Lyle Hopkins, who heads the Road and Bridge Committee, said the state sets guidelines for the county engineer’s salary, and Cook’s is in the middle of the range.

He said Cook’s salary does not come from county coffers; half comes from state gasoline tax funds and the rest from federal funds.

The pay hike means Cook’s salary will increase from $114,660 to $116,954, Mekeel’s from $64,818 to $66,114, and the others’ from $68,500 to $69,870.

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