No raise for Pitkin County elected officials |

No raise for Pitkin County elected officials

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – A resolution that would have raised the salaries for the positions of sheriff, clerk and recorder, and assessor in Pitkin County by about 8 percent was voted down Wednesday by Pitkin County commissioners.

Both Clerk and Recorder Janice Vos Caudill and Assessor Tom Isaac dropped their request for a raise; Sheriff Bob Braudis is out of town. All three posts are up for election in November; the wage increase was to go into effect next year, at the start of the next four-year term of office for the three positions.

Initially, a 4 percent pay increase for two of the four years after the new terms begin was requested, but Vos Caudill and Isaac both rethought the request.

“It just wasn’t appropriate,” Isaac said. Other county employees are subject to a wage freeze that may last for five years, though commissioners have agreed to consider cost-of-living increases if the economy improves. The three elected positions could be considered for such an increase, as well, noted Commissioner Rachel Richards.

“I want to thank both of you for recognizing the economic situation we’re all in,” Commissioner George Newman said, directing his comment to Isaac and Vos Caudill.

“Thank you so much for being part of the team,” said Commissioner Jack Hatfield.

The sheriff currently earns $106,333 annually, while the assessor and clerk positions are paid $85,601. Both Isaac and Vos Caudill are seeking re-election in November; Braudis is not.