Department heads voice their views

The Ellsworth County department heads took over an hour to voice their views on a variety of topics during Monday’s meeting of the Ellsworth County commissioners.


County appraiser Carl Miller asked about the disparity in pay between county employees and those of the City of Ellsworth. “I could get a job as city clerk and get a raise,” he said. “I had a long talk with a couple of the city council members,” Commissioner Kermit Rush said. Commissioner Dennis Rolfs said he thought those getting paid $17 to $19 per hour were being overpaid. “The private sector doesn’t pay that,” Rolfs said. “It’s clear out of our reach,” Rush said. “I don’t know what the answer is.” Rush said if the commissioners raise wages to compete with the city, the county would go above the state mandated cap.



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