DuPage County Board to discuss salary hikes

The DuPage County Board has scheduled a special meeting for June 3 to discuss new salary schedules for DuPage elected officials.

The proposal calls for no increases in 2015 and 2016, followed by 2 percent increases in 2017 and 2018.

The board was set to approve the new salary schedules this week, but questions arose as to whether the salary increase proposal was posted in time to satisfy state statutes.

County Board member Brian Krajewski (R-Downers Grove) also specifically asked for more information on the $15,000 stipend the sheriff receives for acting as superintendent of safety.

“What was the sheriff doing,” he asked, wanting to know if any of the sheriff’s duties had changed since the stipend was originally approved in 2006.

County Board member Gary Grasso (R-Burr Ridge) motioned for a delay on all the salary schedules and the full County Board unanimously approved the idea.

Pamela Miles, candidate for the County Board in District 3, took the board to task for proposing raises at this particular time.

“How do you intend to justify your already above-average wages to be raised” in the face of what she described as an economy where working families still struggled.

“Is a raise right now the message you want to send to the residents of DuPage County?”

The proposed salary schedule for the next four fiscal years is:

  • Board member salaries would stay at $50,079 for the first two years, after which they would see increases of 2 percent in both fiscal years 2017 (to $51,081) and 2018 (to $52,103).
  • The County Board chairman’s salary also would remain the same for the first two years, holding steady at $126,450, before 2 percent increases in 2017 (to $128,979) and 2018 (to $131,559).
  • The chairman also receives a $6,300 stipend for serving as liquor commissioner.
  • The regional superintendent of education salary from the county would remain at $31,955 for the first two years, after which the salary would increase to $32,594 in 2017 and $33,246 in 2018. The superintendent also receives $109,463 per year from the state.
  • The DuPage treasurer’s salary for the first two years would be $139,835, then going to $142,632 in 2017 and $145,485 in 2018.
  • The DuPage county clerk would remain at $139,335 for the first two years before increasing to $142,632 in 2017 and $145,485 in 2018. The county clerk also receives a $3,150 stipend for service as the Liquor Commission’s secretary.
  • The DuPage County sheriff’s salary would remain at $161,573 for the first two years and increase to $164,804 in 2017 and $168,100 in 2018. The sheriff also receives a $15,000 stipend as superintendent of safety.

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