The McCracken County Fiscal Court chose Monday to not to increase the gross salary budget for the county clerk’s office. The office originally asked for more than $920,000 in salaries as a part of a $20 million budget.
Before ruling, the Court compared salaries in similar offices around the state. Judge-Executive Van Newberry concluded the employees in question received higher incomes than those in counties of comparable size.
County Deputy Clerk Lyne Dickey did her own research, comparing revenues to clerk salaries in 97 counties across the state. She says McCracken’s clerks made fair incomes, given their levels of experience.
The court ultimately voted to keep the department’s salary budget at more than $870,000, a decision Newberry supports.
Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen says the McCracken County Clerk’s Office violated state statute in 2011. According to the annual audit report, the McCracken County Fiscal Court failed to set a maximum county clerk salary order, which the clerk uses to hire deputies and assistants and provide fringe benefits.