Brown County Commission 10.4.17

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session with the following members present: Chairman Steve Roberts, Dwight Kruse and Keith Olsen. Also present were County Clerk, Melissa Gormley and Deputy County Clerk Dawn Boyles.

Maura Chambers and Carrie Nelson, KCAMP Representatives, presented the 2016 zero percent loss ratio awarded to Brown County. Chambers updated the commission on the services KCAMP has to offer the County.

Moni El-Aasar of BG Consultants visited with the commission about the Road and Bridge Kansas Department of Transportation funds.

Department Reports

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reported there are 27 inmates — 22 males and five females — currently at the Brown County Jail. Merchant also discussed the Courthouse Security Guard position. Merchant discussed the pay scale that he has been working on.

Jere Bruning and Bob Eis of Hiawatha Amateur Radio Club discussed disposing of the old van. The commission suggested scrapping the van. Commissioner Roberts requested they return the license plate to the County Treasurer’s office.

Gormley requested clarification on the pay scale. Gormley wanted to know if the pay scale changes would include all county employees or just the Sheriff Department employees. Commissioner Roberts wants the department heads to come up with a new pay scale for non-elected employees. Commissioners approved a $3,000 a year raise to County Clerk, County Sheriff, County Treasurer and County Register of Deeds. The raise would take effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Gormley requested the commission’s input on the projected 2018 Personnel Policy revisions.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved a correction to the second Sheriff entry on the Nov. 20 minutes to read as follows: “Brown County Sheriff John Merchant requested the option to modify the pay steps for the Sheriff Department employees. Merchant reported the pay steps have not been updated for eight years. Motion by Keith Olsen to approve the request to allow Merchant to modify the pay steps. Seconded by Dwight Kruse. Motion carried.”

Commissioners approved the Nov. 30 minutes.

Commissioners met on Monday, Dec. 11. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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