“Elected officials have not gotten an increase since 2008, and it’s important that these officials be fairly compensated just like other employees who probably have gotten a cost of living adjustment at some point over this same time period,” said Cheryl Subler, managing director of policy at the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.
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This also means the two county commissioners elected in Ohio counties last year will make more than the third commissioner, who won’t get a raise unless he or she is re-elected in 2018.
Judges, sheriffs and prosecutors will continue getting annual 5 percent raises through 2019. Judges can get raises during their term, while the others will have to wait until they are re-elected again to get another raise. So if Heck is re-elected in 2020, he will take office making $144,053.
An I-Team analysis of this proposal in 2015 found state lawmakers who gave elected officials 5 percent annual raises also gave state employees only 2.5 percent annual raises, which Ohio Civil Service Employee Association President Christopher Mabe called "a slap in the face."
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The General Assembly did not, however, move forward with a proposed constitutional amendment that could give state lawmakers a raise and overhaul how elected officials are paid across the state.
We are digging into this issue and will have a full I-Team report soon.