Elections Director Laura Bruns has been with the office since May 2019 while Deputy Director Ian Ridgeway was hired in late October 2018. Bruns worked at the Mercer County Board of Elections before coming to Miami County.
The director/deputy director pay changes have been as follows:
- 2018: Former director pay rate was $48,672 on Feb. 1; when deputy director Ridgeway hired in October 2018, it was at same rate.
- 2019: Salary for new Director Bruns set at $51,500 and Ridgeway’s set at the same on Bruns’ hiring May 2019
- 2020 : Salaries set at $57,023
- 2021: Salaries at $63,139
- 2022: Salaries at $70,589
Fisher said the board considered retaining employees and making pay comparable to other like-size counties in the state. Miami County has 75,470 registered voters so comparisons were made with the 10 counties closest in size (five above and five below), Bruns said. Those closest in size to Miami County had director/deputy director pay in 2021 ranging from $55,000 to more than $74,000.
“We have a good staff, we really do. We want to keep them together as much as we can,” Fisher said.
The votes on pay have been unanimous among the four board members.
In addition to the director and deputy director the elections office has two part-time clerks and two full-time election administrators who are paid hourly.
“Now, we can say, ‘OK you are playing in the same sand box as the other like-size counties as far as pay,’” Fisher said. “Do I see us giving them another 7.5 percent next year? I really don’t.”
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