Future County Officials’ Compensation

Here is the resolution to be considered Tuesday:

RESOLUTION SETTING COMPENSATION FOR THE COUNTY BOARD CHAIRMAN, CLERK/RECORDER, TREASURER, SHERIFF, AUDITOR, CORONER AND CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURTS

WHEREAS, Illinois law provides that the County Board shall fix the compensation of elected officers at least 180 days before the beginning of terms of office; and

WHEREAS, it is the desire of this County Board to develop a plan that aligns the compensation of the McHenry County Clerk/Recorder, McHenry County Treasurer, McHenry County Auditor, McHenry County Coroner and McHenry County Clerk of the Circuit Court to establish equity and parity among those officers; and

WHEREAS, it is the desire of this County Board to set the compensation for the McHenry County Sheriff, McHenry County Clerk/Recorder and Mcry County Treasurer who will be taking office in December 2022; and

WHEREAS, it is the desire of this County Board to set the compensation for the County Board Chairman, McHenry County Auditor, McHenry County Corner and McHenry County Clerk of the Circuit Courts who will be taking office in December 2024; and

WHEREAS, it is the desire of this County Board to incorporate inflationary adjustments into the compensation to account for cost of living increases; and

WHEREAS, all said officers will be given the opportunity to participate in Board approved employee benefit programs including, but not limited to health, dental and optical plans subject to the same rates and regulation applicable to all County employees; and

WHEREAS, for all countywide elected officers who pledge not to participate in IMRF while serving McHenry County as a countywide elected officer, the McHenry County Board intends to provide a one-for-one (1:1) match of their 457 deferred compensation contributions into a 401a account on their behalf with a maximum contribution cap of $8,000 per year per countywide elected officer; and

WHEREAS, Public Act 102-48 requires the resolution fixing the county elected officer compensation to separately list each stipend an elected officer is expected to receive in addition to the compensation to be paid by the county.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by this County Board of McHenry County, Illinois that
the following elected officer compensation for the following certain elected officials taking office in
December 2022 is hereby fixed as indicated below:

a. McHenry County Sheriff
For Fiscal Year 2023…………………………..$152,000
For Fiscal Year 2024…………………………..$152,000
For Fiscal Year 2025 through 2032……….Previous Fiscal Year Salary + the lesser
of CPI or 3%
In addition, the McHenry County Sheriff shall receive an annual stipend to be
paid by the Illinois Department of Revenue out of the Personal Property Tax
Replacement Fund in the amount of $6,500. (55 ILCS 5/4-6003.d)

b. McHenry County Clerk/Recorder
For Fiscal Year 2023…………………………..$114,000
For Fiscal Year 2024…………………………..$114,000
For Fiscal Year 2025…………………………..$114,000
For Fiscal Year 2026 through 2032……….Previous Fiscal Year Salary + the lesser
of CPI or 3%
In addition, the McHenry County Clerk and McHenry County Recorder shall
receive an award of $6,500 appropriated by the General Assembly to the State Board of
Elections which shall distribute the awards in annual lump sum payments. (55 ILCS 5/4-
6001.d)

c. McHenry County Treasurer
For Fiscal Year 2023…………………………..$114,000
For Fiscal Year 2024…………………………..$114,000
For Fiscal Year 2025…………………………..$114,000
For Fiscal Year 2026 through 2032……….Previous Fiscal Year Salary + the lesser
of CPI or 3%
In addition, the McHenry County Treasurer shall receive an annual stipend of
$6,500 to be annually appropriated from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund
by the General Assembly to the Department of Revenue which shall distribute the awards
in annual lump sum payments. (55 ILCS 5/3-10007)

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, by this County Board of McHenry County, Illinois that the following
elected officer compensation for the following certain elected officials taking office in December 2024 is
hereby fixed as indicated below:

a. McHenry County Board Chairman
For Fiscal Year 2025…………………………..$86,300
For Fiscal Year 2026 through 2032………Previous Fiscal Year Salary + the lesser
of CPI or 3%

b. McHenry County Auditor
For Fiscal Year 2025…………………………..$114,000
For Fiscal Year 2026 through 2032………Previous Fiscal Year Salary + the lesser
of CPI or 3%
In addition, the McHenry County Auditor shall receive an annual stipend of
$6,500 per year, appropriated by the General Assembly from the Personal Property Tax
Replacement Fund to the Department of Revenue, and the Department of Revenue shall
distribute the awards in an annual lump sum payment. (55 ILCS 5/4-6001.h)

c. McHenry County Coroner
For Fiscal Year 2025…………………………..$114,000
For Fiscal Year 2026 through 2032………Previous Fiscal Year Salary + the lesser
of CPI or 3%
In addition, subject to appropriation, the McHenry County Coroner shall receive
an annual stipend of $6,500 to be paid by the Illinois Department of Revenue out of the
Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund. (55 ILCS 5/4-6002.c)

d. McHenry County Clerk of the Circuit Court
For Fiscal Year 2025…………………………..$114,000
For Fiscal Year 2026 through 2032………Previous Fiscal Year Salary + the lesser
of CPI or 3%
In addition, the McHenry County Clerk of the Circuit Court shall receive an award
of $6,500, appropriated each year by the General Assembly to the Supreme Court, which
shall distribute such awards in annual lump sum payments to the Clerk of the Circuit
Court. (705 ILCS 105/27.3.d)

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that CPI shall be calculated using the Consumer Price Index for
the previous calendar year as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics – all items in ChicagoNaperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, all urban consumers, not seasonally adjusted; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the following fringe benefit options are hereby approved for
the elected officials:

a. Elected officials may choose to participate in any or all of the benefit programs made
available now or in the future, to all County employees including, but not limited to medical, dental and
vision plans subject to the same rates, benefit levels, rules and regulations established for County
employees.

b. That the McHenry County Board intends to provide into a 401a plan a one-for-one
(1:1) contribution match toward the personal 457 deferred compensation contributions of all countywide
elected officials who pledge not to participate in IMRF while serving McHenry County as a countywide
elected official with the County’s contribution match incentive being capped at $8,000 per year per
countywide elected official; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County Clerk is hereby authorized to distribute a certified
copy of this Resolution to the County Auditor, County Coroner, Clerk of the Circuit Courts, County
Clerk/Recorder, County Sheriff, County Treasurer, Human Resources Director, Chief Financial Officer,
County Board Chairman and the County Administrator.

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At the board’s Cmmittee of the whole meeting, Joe Gottemoeller introduced an amendment to make the pay $21,000 for the entire 10 years (12/1/22 thru 11/30/32), not just 2 years.

One County Board cannot bind a future County Board, of coiurse.


Comments

Future County Officials’ Compensation — 3 Comments

  1. Joe finally is doing something right, albiet in an election year.

    You can’t increase an elected official’s compensation “during the term of office” so the terms would be either 2 or 4 years depending on the luck of the draw.

    Therefore any future increases would have to single out those doing 2 year terms at the beginning of the cycle from those doing 4. There may be some question as to whether or not that can be done legally.

    Which terms each person gets during the first cycle will be determined by a drawing during the Organizational Meeting after the election.

    If there is no CPI attached, like there is on the elected officials, this would mean that board members’ salaries would actually decrease over time due to inflation.

    As an aside, given that the size of the board is being reduced, potentially the pension benefits could be reinstated as each member may theoretically now have more work to do.

    Also the health benefits could not be taken away as the members would be working at least 20 hours per week supposedly.

    So be careful what you wish for.

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