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12/17/2020 Commissioner Special Public Meeting Minutes


Warren County Commissioners Public Meeting

December 17, 2020 6:00 p.m.

Virtual by GoToMeeting


Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin called the meeting of the Warren County Commissioners to order with Commissioner Tricia Durbin, and Commissioner Jeff Eggleston present.


Staff Present: Pamela J. Matve, Chief Clerk, Eric Hern, and Coroner Melissa Zydonik


Citizens Present: Josh Cotton (WTO)


Announcements: the meeting is being recorded


Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that the reason for the special meeting is to set the rates for the elected officials that are running for office in 2021 with a term beginning 2022 through 2025.


Before you are the list for Prothonotary, Coroner, Tax Collectors, and the Judge and Inspectors of Elections,


Ben reviewed some information that he found during research that it is the duty of the Board of Elections to set the rates for the Judge and Inspectors of Elections. Also, the Tax Collector rates do not have to be set at a special meeting.


He then asked that the Tax Collectors be deferred until the first meeting in January, and the Judge and Inspector of Elections be placed on the next Election Board meeting on December 23, 2020.


Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin then reviewed that the county code specifically says that all increases shall be on a percentage basis and applied equally to all county officials, except the lowest paid and this has not been done over the years.


Prothonotary: Commissioner Benjamin stated in light of the county code as mentioned above he is proposing that the Prothonotary rate be increased to $57,051.89 for 2022 and then 1% each year thereafter for 2023-2025. Making the rates as follows: 2022: 57,051.89, 2023: 57,662.41, 2024: 58,198.63 and 2025: 58,780.62.


Motion was made by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, seconded by Commissioner Tricia Durbin to approve the Prothonotary rates as presented for 2023-2025. Motion carried unanimously.


Coroner:  Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin stated that per county code as discussed, the Coroner is the lowest paid elected official. Based upon the work that has been completed to keep us in compliance, along with other duties, Melissa Zydonik has kept track of her hours and in 2020 she has put in 1500 hours by the end of November.


Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin recommendation is to take 1,500 and multiply it by the approximate hourly rate of $27.00 (rounded down) for an annual salary of $40,500.00 to increase at a rate of 1% like all other officials;

2022: $40,500.00, 2023: $40,905.00, 2024: $41,314.05 and 2025: $41,727.19.


Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that while he has no doubt that the Coroner has and will work very hard, the recommendation you are presenting is a very large increase. There are many employees that work very hard and we do not give increases this large. Commissioner Tricia Durbin agreed.


Commissioner Jeff Eggleston stated that he would like to counter propose a rate of $30,000 for 2022, and 1% each year thereafter.


Commissioner Tricia Durbin stated that while she also feels that the Coroners job is not an easy one, she is not willing to follow the proposal of Commissioner Benjamin Kafferlin. She does feel comfortable with the counter proposal made by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston.


Motion was made by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, seconded by Commissioner Tricia Durbin to approve the following for the rate of Coroner; 2022: $30,000.00, 2023: $30,300.00, 2024: 30,603.00 and 2025: 30,909.00. Motion carried unanimously.


Adjournment:  Motion was made Commissioner Tricia Durbin, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Eggleston to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously.


Meeting adjourned 6:43 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,                                                                     Approved:


Pamela J. Matve                                                                                  Jeff Eggleston

Chief Clerk                                                                                           Warren County Commissioner