Davis County’s elected leaders to get 6% pay bump
FARMINGTON — Elected officials in Davis County are getting a 6% bump in pay, the first notable hike since 2018.
Elected officials “have families like you and I. They’re professionals,” Davis County Commissioner Bob Stevenson said Thursday.
Commissioners approved the pay raise on Tuesday after a public hearing that drew a query from one member of the public. It took effect Tuesday and is part of proposed increases of 6%-12% for Davis County employees outlined in the county’s proposed 2022 spending plan, focus of a planned Dec. 7 public hearing.
Chris Bone, the Davis County human resources director, said the increase is merited. He proposed the hike, according to Stevenson. “I just want to get that in the record, that we have such a hardworking group of elected officials,” Bone said at Tuesday’s meeting.
Weber County’s elected leaders are in line for a 3% pay raise in 2022, part of 3% across-the-board hikes for all workers in the proposed spending plan for next year.
According to Davis County Clerk-Auditor Curtis Koch, elected officials received a 3% pay raise in 2018 and a 1% bump in 2019 but no increase in 2020 or 2021 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stevenson said Davis County officials are proposing increases, broadly, to keep pace with inflation and to keep county workers’ wages competitive with the pay offered elsewhere. Workers on the lower end of the pay spectrum will receive the largest percent wage hikes in 2022, 12%. More middle-level workers will get an 8% boost while higher-level employees, including elected officials, will get the lowest increase, 6%.
Nine elected Davis County officials will get the 6% hike: the three county commissioners, the sheriff, the clerk-auditor, the county attorney, the surveyor, the treasurer and the county justice court judge. As of 2020, according to the state’s online database of public employees’ wages, the nine officials each earned between $133,033.07 and $201,442.34 per year.