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Elected Ottawa County officials to see 2 pct. raises next two years

Caleb Whitmer/The Holland Sentinel • Mar 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM

WEST OLIVE — Ottawa County’s elected officials will see a modest raise in their salaries for 2017.

Earlier this week, the county commissioners approved the compensation for all elected county officials not working in the judiciary. The annual remuneration for each position will increase by 2 percent in each of the next two years.

In 2017, Ottawa County’s prosecutor will make $141,200, the sheriff $124,400, the treasurer $100,200, the clerk-register $100,200 and the water resources commissioner $87,800.

The chairman and vice chairman of the county board will make $22,000 and $18,100, respectively, in 2017. The other nine commissioners will each make $17,600.

Commissioner Allen Dannenberg of Zeeland Township was the lone dissenter for the raises on the county board. Following Tuesday’s meeting, Dannenberg explained that he objected to the salary increase for the county commissioners.

“I didn’t feel we needed one,” he said, adding that he supports pay increases for the other elected offices.

While he registered his dissent with his vote, Dannenberg didn’t bring it up for discussion during the meeting.

“I wasn’t going to argue about it,” he said, “I just thought we were paid enough.”

The latest increase represents slightly smaller salary bumps than the last two years. For 2014 and 2015, the county’s non-judicial elected officials got raises of 3 and 2.5 percent, respectively.

An appointed commission creates the salary proposals and then submits them to the county board for approval. It comes up with the figures in part by looking at the salaries of certain other counties around the state.

By comparison, Allegan County commissioners make significantly less than Ottawa County. In 2016, the Allegan County commissioner chairman is set to make $11,900. The rest of the board’s members will each earn $10,300.

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