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Seward County Commission Approves Base Pay Increase For Sheriff Department

Joe Denoyer - February 18, 2020 7:49 pm

The Seward County Commission met Tuesday evening at 5:30pm in the County Commission Chambers of the Administration Building.

Back before the Commission was Resolution 2020, the Compensation Plan. The Commission approved the plan and it:

  • Allows  for Seward County to continue to be fair and equitable with compensation to its employees.
  • Provides the County with a PayScale outlining what Minimum, MidPoint, and Max pay would be for each position depending on their grade.
  • The  plan also provides for a formal process for establishing new positions, positions changes such as grade and/or title changes, initial wages for new hires, and raises.

Also before the Commissioners was the Facility Fee Waiver Application for “That” Liberal Band’s Annual Fish fry. Date of the Fish Fry is March 27th. The waiver was approved.

The Commission approved the KDOT Local Road Safety Plan at a cost of $5000 and  a Lease Agreement for a Black and approved the Copier/Printer for the WIC Program.


The Sheriffs Department through the Human Resource Department asked the Commission to consider a Pay review. In order to remain competitive with a tight labor market and to help alleviate recruitment and retention rates for certain positions, Seward County Sheriff is asking the Administration to review the pay for two positions that have the most turnover in his department. Those two positions are Deputy Sheriffs and Detentions Officers. In review of the data gathered, a recommendation was made to increase the wages of Deputy Sheriff’s to a starting base wage of $20.00/hr and for Detentions officers to the base wage of $15.00/hr.  Commissioners approved the request.

After an Executive Session, the Commission approved the Board of Tax Appeals settlement agreement with National Helium and Seward County.


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