The Marion County Compensation Board met in December to make recommendations regarding the salary levels for elected officials. These recommendations were submitted to the Board of Supervisors. Through the supervisors' budget discussions, Chairman Jim Kingery said the board has chosen to reduce the recommendations by 70 percent. “I understand the situation the supervisors face, and I'm sure they did not make this decision easily,” Comp Board Chairman Kevin Wadle told the Journal-Express. “The Marion County Compensation Board members all felt that we made a fair recommendation, and we were all aware of the possible results.” He added that the role of the Comp Board is not to like or dislike the supervisors' decisions.The recommendations made by the Comp Board first brought each elected official's salary (supervisors, sheriff, auditor, treasurer, recorder and attorney) into line with the 22nd percentile, as Marion County is the 22nd-most populated county in Iowa, then applied a 2.9 percent consumer price index increase and a 3.5 percent salary increase for each office. Total salary percentage increases from these actions ranged from 5.9 percent per supervisor to 7.72 percent for the county attorney. The dollar amount increase, per office, after the 70 percent reduction is as follows: • Supervisor-recommended increase of $1,997.56 minus 70 percent will be $599.27• Sheriff-recommended increase of $4,862.21 minus 70 percent will be $1,458.66• Auditor-recommended increase of $3,909.20 minus 70 percent will be $1,172.76• Treasurer-recommended increase of 3,686.17 minus 70 percent will be $1,105.85• Recorder-recommended increase of $3,604.67 minus 70 percent will be $1,981.40• Attorney-recommended increase of $7,072.89 minus 70 percent will be $2,121.87Present salaries for Marion County elected officials are $33,790 for each supervisor, $75,972 for the sheriff, $57,300 for the auditor, $57,112 for the treasurer, $56,323 for the recorder and $91,592 for the attorney.
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Rowland and Knox are perfect again
On Saturday, May 18, the Knoxville Police K-9 Unit participated in the annual Midwest K-9 Detector Dog Trials in Adel. Officers Rowland and Knox successfully certified with a perfect 4 out of 4 score. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Knoxville K-9 Unit has achieved a perfect score.
Memorial Day Flag Raising
Flags will be raised at Graceland Cemetery at 8 a.m. Friday, May 24. There will be a brief memorial tribute at the Veterans' Plot after the flag raising.
KPD, MCSO participate in seat belt enforcement
As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day, Iowa law enforcement officials, including the Knoxville Police Department and Marion County Sheriff's Department, are urging everyone to buckle up.
Alleged counterfeiter arrested
The Knoxville Police Department reports having a suspect in custody, who may be responsible for the counterfeit $100 circulating in town.
Woman runs over man
A Pleasantville woman is accused of running over a man with her pickup truck on Saturday.
Counterfeit $100 bills circulating in Knoxville
The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and Knoxville Police Department report that counterfeit $100 bills are being circulated around Knoxville.
Early deadline for Memorial Day
Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, the Reminder advertising deadline is Wednesday, 11:00 am this week, and the Chronicle Deadline is noon on Thursday.
No change in building recommendation
As of Friday afternoon, Knoxville City Manager Harold Stewart said his recommendation to the City Council to accept ownership of 110 East Robinson has not changed.
Motorcycle accident sends one to hospital
A motorcyclist was transported via air to Methodist hospital in Des Moines following an accident on Highway 14 in Knoxville this afternoon.
Memorial Hall Breakfast funds to go for a cause
The Pleasantville Legion is hosting a breakfast tomorrow morning, Saturday, May 18, with a special plan for the proceeds. Legion members have set a goal to create and mount plaques honoring those from the Pleasantville School District who gave their lives in service to their country.
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