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Woodbury Co. deputies to receive longevity pay


For many, salary may be a factor when they're deciding what career path to follow. If you work in an office, where some people get raises and others do not, you probably wouldn't be too happy if you were the one shorted.

Diane Swoboda Peterson has been working in the Woodbury County recorder's office for more than 17 years.

"I enjoy my job. I enjoy the folks I work with. I enjoy what I do. It's very interesting," Peterson said.

But, while many of the wage-plan employee she works side by side with received raises this year, she did not. And, that's something the county's auditor Pat Gill feels is unfair.

"We appreciate the work our deputies do, and we want to make sure they're rewarded for their efforts" Gill said.

Gill went before the board of supervisors Tuesday morning asking for their support to give longevity pay to appointed deputies like Peterson, and several others who work in the treasurer's office, auditor's office, and sheriff's department.

"What the tool allows us to do is for longevity payments of up to $100 per year of service it's not a locked in figure, but it's something the elected officials are allowed to do," Gill said.

"We support, not only the deputies, but we also support the other county employees, and we appreciate what they can do," Woodbury County Board Chair George Boykin said.

But, it wasn't a unanimous decision by the board. Supervisor Larry Clausen said even though he appreciates the work county employees do, there was no need for the board to formally approve this.

"I was a lot against it. I mean, If it's in the Iowa code, and the elected officials are free to do that, then they should do their job, and do it," Clausen said.

Gill said he went up here because he wants to be transparent about where the county is spending money. Peterson said she's happy to hear the elected officials will be providing her with longevity pay, and it will be a great help to her and the rest of her family.

"I was very pleased with what they came up with today. I was very pleased to hear they're supporting us. I have a son going to college in a year, and I have a daughter that's in middle school, a lot of expenses. I'm sure it will go for some good use," Peterson said.

Longevity pay will cost the county about $30,000. 


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