Commissioners talk wages, insurance

A resignation by a Boone County Road Department employee sparked a lengthy discussion of the county’s wage scales and insurance benefits during the commissioners meeting Monday morning, Oct. 19.
The resigning employee, Matt Klug, cited insufficient wages as a primary reason for his resignation.
Commissioners reviewed the current county road pay scale with Stacey Ziemba, county highway superintendent. Ziemba also provided some wage information from Butler County, which has a larger population than Boone.
Butler County has a higher starting wage in the $16.50 range for starting road employees, while Boone County has a starting range of above $14 per hour.
Also participating in the discussion were Sheriff Denny Johnson and Pam Jochum, office assistant in the County Attorney’s office.
Commissioners agreed that health insurance benefits are a big difference-maker in county salary comparisons. They noted that Boone County is one of only six counties in the state offering full family paid health insurance. The county’s retirement benefits were also discussed.
Read the complete story in the Albion News, Petersburg Press and St.Edward Advance this week.