JEFFERSONVILLE — In its first meeting of the year the Clark County Council handled a number of changes to the statuses of county employees and their salaries.
The first change is expected to save the county money as the structure of how the county attorney is paid was changed. Clark County Commissioners President Jack Coffman presented a salary ordinance for Attorney Jake Elder, totaling $120,000. Elder replaced former County Attorney Greg Fifer.
“It will help us budget better,” Coffman said.
He explained that formerly, the commissioners attorney was paid on a contractual basis and with a move to a salary, Elder will receive a flat rate.
“It will save us approximately $100,000 a year by doing it this way,” Coffman said.
There are some situations where Elder may receive additional compensation for work outside his outlined duties and Fifer is still on contract with the county to handle pending litigation.
In addition to being on county payroll, Elder will also have an office on-site in the Clark County Government Building.
A request by Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden to hire a former Clark County Highway Department employee to a vacant position in the Sheriff’s Department prompted a lengthy discussion about the benefits the employee should be awarded.
Rodden explained that he hired a former highway department mechanic to work in a similar role in his department. The employee also used to collect equipment through a federal program that allows law enforcement agencies to collect surplus federal property for its own use. The county, if it does not use the equipment, is required to hold the item for one year at which point it can be sold.
Rodden said he would pick up the federal surplus equipment through an agreement with the commissioners using the former highway department employee he hired. He said he would continue to collect the equipment using the same employee, but now the process would go directly through his department.