Cache County Council voices approval of partial employee raises

The Cache County Council Tuesday night voiced its intent to approve an employee compensation committee’s recommendations on a package that will allocate a total of $306,000 toward employee compensation. The council is expected to approve the package at its next meeting and also to discuss a proposed additional $200,000 allocation.

The committee recommended that 35 percent of the money go to employees who have been with the county 10 or more years and 65 percent to those with fewer than 10 years.

Cache County Sheriff Lynn Nelson has been pushing for higher salaries for his workers saying he is losing too many trained deputies who leave to go to other cities and counties where they can make more money.

“They mentioned tonight that overall, county-wide, that they’re $850,000 out,” Lemon said after the council meeting. “$300,000 tonight is nice monies but that doesn’t all go to salaries.

“Part of that will go to benefits and taxes and everything else that comes out of that. So you’ll end up with $200,000 in salaries. It’s very nice, it’s a great thing they did but we didn’t make very much progress.”

Nelson says he has no complaints about health or retirement benefits which are fine but he says in order to hire and retain the kind of employees the county deserves he cannot continue to offer below-market wages.

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