County officeholders elected next year will not receive a pay increase. On Monday, the Barry County Salary Commission voted not to increase the salaries for the offices of county clerk, prosecuting attorney, presiding commissioner, collector and treasurer, which will be decided during the 2010 election.
Barry County Circuit Clerk Craig Williams called the meeting to order by asking for nominations for commission chairman. County Coroner Jim Fohn nominated Barry County Presiding Commissioner Cherry Warren to lead the meeting. The nomination was approved by the remaining officeholders present.
"State statutes include a provision that we meet on even-numbered years and set the salaries of the officeholders who will be elected," said Warren.
County Clerk Gary Youngblood gave a short report on the county's finances, which showed that the county currently has $109,829.50 in operating funds and $101,799.50 in reserve funds.
"That is not much of a surplus," said Warren. "This is the financial situation we need to look at when considering whether to increase the salaries for the officeholders who will be elected."
Warren pointed out that Barry County officeholders have not received a pay increase since January of 2003.
"I still believe, with the financial situation we are in now, it would not be responsible to raise the pay for county officeholders," said Warren.
County Treasurer Lois Lowe made a motion to leave the salaries at their current levels for the next four years. The motion was seconded by Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly and unanimously approved.
With no further business to be discussed, the meeting was adjourned.
Other county officeholders who attended the meeting included: Wayne Hendrix, southern commissioner; Frank Washburn, northern commissioner; Janice Varner, collector; Sherry Sears, assessor; and Johnnie Cox, prosecuting attorney.