Decisions made on surveyor and department head pay raises

Commissioners discuss the surveyor role and pay raises. (SOURCE: Kaylie Crowe KNOP-TV)-

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- Voters will continue to choose who will serve as a Lincoln County Surveyor. Lincoln County Commissioners voted today (Monday) to keep the status quo. The group debated whether or not to make the surveyor job county appointed.

The Commissioners agreed there is enough work to substantiate the need for a full time surveyor and the people have a right to decide who that is.

Joe Hewgley, a Lincoln County Commissioner said he think they made the right decision.

"Having an elected surveyor in the county this size really makes sense you know some of the little counties, whether it be hooker county or Logan or McPherson you can't afford to have a full time surveyor but it's a large county and it's a large population base and with the number of section corners we have it is a full time position," said Hewgley.

They also discussed Commissioners set salaries for the 2020 year for its county department heads. Joe Hewgley says they gave all department heads a two percent raise.

The Noxious Weed salary is just over $42,400. The Highway Superintendent salary is over $59,000. The Emergency Management salary is $54,700. The Veterans Service Officer salary is just over $46,600

The Lincoln County Emergency manager received an extra 1000 dollars a year because that person will be coordinating grant writing and coordinate eleven rural fire departments.