The San Miguel County Commission approved salary increases for elected officials in the county at a special meeting Tuesday afternoon.
The impacted positions receiving an increase are the county assessor, county clerk, county sheriff, county treasurer, county commissioners and the probate judge. All of these positions received at least a 24 percent pay increase, with the maximum being 27 percent raises given to the county assessor, the county sheriff and the probate judge.
These increases will kick in at the beginning of the next term for all positions, as raises cannot occur in the middle of a term for an elected official. That means the raises for the assessor, probate judge, sheriff and commissioners in districts 1 and 3 will begin on Jan. 1, 2023. The positions of clerk, treasurer and commissioners in districts 2, 4 and 5 will receive their pay raises on Jan. 1, 2025.
The new pay rates for these positions are listed below, with their previous salaries listed in parentheses next to the new rates.
•County Assessor - $75,733 per year, a 27 percent increase ($55,871.11)
•County Clerk - $75,733 per year, a 26 percent increase ($57,514.38)
•County Sheriff - $78,952 per year, a 27 percent increase (58,245.26)
•County Treasurer - $75,733 per year, a 26 percent increase ($57,514.38)
•Probate Judge - $26,482 per year, a 27 percent increase ($19,536.26)
•County Commissioners - $30,196 per year, a 24 percent increase ($22,931.37)
Commissioners also approved overtime pay for exempt employees forced to work extra hours as a result of the ongoing wildfires. Those employees will now be paid time and a half for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. Many exempt employees with the county have helped with resident evacuations, road closures, evacuee shelters for residents, livestock and small animals, managing donations for evacuees as well as livestock and small animals, delivery of donations and/or supplies to residents, volunteer fire department activation for structure protection and water tendering, resource compilation, public information, EOC activation, as well as other tasks since the wildfire began in San Miguel County in early April.