Stillwater News Press

May 16, 2013

Stillwater Sheriff’s office operating with approved salary plan

By Chris Day
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Payne County’s Sheriff’s Office is operating with a Budget Board approved salary plan.

The sheriff’s office adopted a salary administration plan in 2008 when Noel Bagwell served as sheriff. There is no record the Budget Board ever approved the plan, County Clerk Glenna Craig said at Monday’s Budget Board meeting.

“We have been using this plan since before I came into this office,” Sheriff R.B. Hauf said.

The Budget Board needs to approve the plan, Craig said.

After a little discussion Monday, the Budget Board adopted a salary plan for the sheriff’s office.

The salaries of the sheriff’s administrative team will continue to be tied to the sheriff’s annual salary, which is set by state statute at $61,812.

Raises for the positions of undersheriff, jail administrator, jail lieutenant, field sergeant and jail sergeant, will be linked to state-approved salary increases for the sheriff.

If the state approves, for example, a 3-percent raise for sheriff’s, the Payne County Sheriff’s Office administrative team will receive a 3-percent increase.

The rest of the sheriff’s office employees will fall under the step-and-grade system, which is part of the county’s salary administration plan.

If the Budget Board approves a raise for county employees, the sheriff’s office employees in this classification will receive raises, too.

The Budget Board agreed to one level change in the sheriff’s salary plan.

The sheriff’s administrative assistant is ranked at level 42. When the administrative assistant leaves her post, the administrative assistants level will drop to a 41.

The Budget Board’s decision was unanimous. Court Clerk Lisa Lambert was unable to attend Monday’s meeting.