DIXON – The Lee County Board on Tuesday approved raises for three elected offices during their next 4-year terms.
The sheriff, treasurer and clerk will get a raise in each of the 4 years, a $3,500 boost for each office during the next term. The offices are on the ballot this year.
The current salaries are $72,063 for the sheriff and $59,313 each for the treasurer and clerk.
County Board member Wes Morrissey, D-Amboy, who is campaigning for treasurer, opposed the increases.
He said the three positions have salaries well above the area’s household median income, adding that a lack of raises wouldn’t hurt the officials.
“They should set an example,” he said. “Elected officials sit on a higher pedestal. Their bosses are the people.”
Member Judy Truckenbrod, R-West Brooklyn, said it was only fair to give elected officials a raise, given their employees have received $1,000-a-year increases.
“It’s a position of respect for these offices,” she said.
The County Board sided with Truckenbrod. In a voice vote, only a handful opposed the raises.
Four years ago, the County Board voted unanimously to give $250 annual raises to the county clerk and treasurer over 4 years, while the sheriff received $300 increases.