New Sheriff to See Cut in Pay
While it’s still the highest paid position in Lake County, whoever gets sworn in as the new sheriff next January will see a cut in pay. And taxpayers can thank outgoing State Representative Millie Hamner for that salary savings, as she was one of the sponsors of House Bill 16-1367.
For readers who may be unfamiliar, the salaries of elected county officers are determined by state statute with each county being categorized by a series of Roman numerals and letters. Back in 2016, Hamner’s bill changed the categorization of Lake County from category IV-A to IV-B, which decreases the salary of Lake County’s elected officials whose terms begin on or after January 1, 2016.
The total savings to Lake County residents was initially calculated to be $38,910 per year. However because the bill applies to county officials elected after January 1, 2016, and since the salary of an elected official cannot be adjusted during his or her term in office, it will only be in 2019 that the full savings generated by this bill will be realized.
The salary for Lake County Sheriff will be dropping from $91,916 to $84,846 annually. Next year will also bring all three Lake County Commissioners’ salaries in line, with a take-home pay of $63,316 annually. The following chart outlines the other salaries for elected officials.
Three Weeks Away in Leadville Today
The November election is three weeks away and ballots are now arriving in mailboxes around Colorado. Elections offices started mailing ballots on Monday, Oct. 15. The last day for ballots to go out is Friday, Oct. 19.
Colorado makes it pretty easy to vote and this year most of the races are contested so please take the time to review the Candidates Night videos and do your research on the ballot measures.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6 and ballots must be received by 7 p.m. that day in order to be counted. Ballots mailed on or after Nov. 6 will not be counted, except those from military and overseas voters.
Coloradans can register to vote on any day up to and including Election Day but if you register after Oct. 29, you’ll have to visit your local elections office or polling place to pick up a ballot, as it will be too late to send one in the mail.
For more information on the election or voting, visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s website here.