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Ottawa Co. Commissioners Endorse Pay Hikes

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Ottawa Co. Administration Building in the Fillmore Street Complex
Ottawa Co. Administration Building in the Fillmore Street Complex

WEST OLIVE, MI (WHTC) - When a company is doing well financially, its leaders usually reap some benefits, and at the Fillmore Street Complex, what’s good in the private sector should also apply in the public sector.

That’s the apparent rationale behind yesterday’s unanimous approval by Ottawa County Commissioners of recommended pay raises for elected county officials. Next year, the board members, Sheriff Gary Rosema, Prosecutor Ron Frantz, Clerk Dan Krueger, Treasurer Brad Slagh and Drain Commissioner Joe Bush will all get three percent increases, with 2.5 percent hikes for fiscal 2016. Board Chairman Jim Holtrop of Hudsonville had no qualms in leading the vote for endorsing the raises, saying that the county is in good shape financially.

A five-member county Officers Compensation Commission meets every two years to help determine pay scales for elected officials, taking into account various factors before making recommendations that the Board can either accept or reject in its entirety, under state law. Two years ago, these rates remained steady, while a 10-percent pay cut was enacted in 2010.

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