Long-simmering contracts with La Salle county’s corrections, patrol and court security unions were approved Thursday by the County Board, with Board Member Russell Boe, R-Ottawa, as the lone nay vote.
Also approved were salary increases through 2022 for the sheriff, treasurer and county clerk, which will take effect after the November election for those posts, with Boe and Board Member Curtis Faber, R-Mendota, casting nay votes.
The union contracts were retroactive to 2015 and extend until 2021. The negotiations at one point had gone into federal mediation.
The contracts call for a pay increase of 2 percent retroactive to 2015 and 2 3/4 percent effective in 2021, said County Board Member Brian Dose, D-Ottawa, a member of the board’s Salary and Labor Committee.
Additionally, there will be base salary adjustments — $5,000 for deputies who have served more than 10 years and $2,500 for correctional officers who have served more than 10 years, he said.
“We had not kept pace with deputy salaries in other comparable counties,” Dose said.
Even with the new contract, he said, among deputies in the top 10 comparable counties, La Salle County’s would rank around sixth to eighth.
Sheriff Tom Templeton commended the County Board’s Salary and Labor Committee on the contracts.
“They’re good for everybody,” he said.
When the vote for sheriff’s pay came up, Board Member Randy Freeman, R-Lostant, indicated he thought it was too low to pay Templeton, who is seeking re-election.
“We’re lucky to have someone who’s willing to run for the money we’re paying him,” Freeman said. “We’re very fortunate to have a sheriff who runs a tight ship and does an outstanding job.”
The sheriff’s salary will be $78,918 effective Dec. 1 rising to $81,418 on Dec. 1, 2019, $83,918 on Dec. 1, 2020 and to $86,418 on Dec. 1, 2021.
The treasurer and county clerk salaries will remain frozen at $67,995 until Dec. 1 2020 when they will increase to $69,015 and to $70,050 on Dec. 1, 2021.