MOUNT VERNON — Knox County grew in the 2010 Census, which increased the salaries of elected officials, but those salaries are now set for the next 10 years.
The salaries of elected county officials are based on the population of the county as determined in the last census. Before 2010, Knox (population 54,500) was a Category III county, which means it had a population between 35,000 and 55,000, County Auditor Jonette Curry explained. The latest count put the population at 60,921, or Category IV.
The change increased the amount paid for salaries of elected officials by $108,639.56, Curry said.
The salary for a county commissioner was $44,421. That went up to $55,524 with the move to the bigger classification.
The auditor’s salary went from $58,132 to $68,390, plus the extra pay (from the state) for administering the estate tax will go from $2,280 to $2,300. However, that tax is scheduled to end next year, so the extra pay for county auditors will also go away.
The salary of the clerk of courts climbed from $45,182 to $53,214; for coroner from $28,112 to $41,165; for engineer from $85,354 to $90,174 and for prosecutor from $104,135 to $115,703. In the case of Engineer Jim Henry and Prosecutor John Thatcher, the pay presumes they do not maintain a private practice as well as official duties.
Pay for the county recorder went from $43,174 to $50,293; for sheriff from $59,537 to $69,372; and for treasurer from $45,182 to $53,214.