Pitkin County raises clear first hurdle | AspenTimes.com

Pitkin County raises clear first hurdle

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Pitkin County commissioners, by a 3-0 vote, approved the first reading Wednesday of a resolution that would give raises to the elected offices of assessor, clerk and recorder, and sheriff.

The wage increase would take effect in January 2011, at the start of the next four-year term of the offices for the three positions, which are all up for election in November. A 4 percent increase is being requested for two of the four years after the new terms begin.

While the vote was unanimous, commissioners voiced some concern about the proposal. Among them were the state of the economy, and the fact that a wage freeze is in effect for other county employees. Commissioner Rachel Richards also wanted to hear from Janice Vos Caudill, the clerk and recorder, who was in Denver on business.

Assessor Tom Isaac and Sheriff Bob Braudis, who is not seeking re-election, said the responsibilities of their respective offices justify the raises. They also said their offices’ salaries are not consistent with similar positions around the state. Additionally, they said they have asked for a 4 percent salary hike for two of the next four years to reflect the two-year wage freeze in effect for other employees.

State law prohibits raises to elected offices to be issued in midterm, which is why they would take effect in January, should commissioners ultimately approve them.

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