Randolph officials to get pay raise

ELKINS – The Randolph County Commission and the county’s other elected officials will all receive 12-percent pay raises if Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signs a bill approved by the state Legislature, officials said Tuesday.

Elected officials at a special County Commission meeting Tuesday to discuss the situation included County Clerk Brenda Wiseman; Assessor Phyllis Yokum; Sheriff Mark Brady and Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker. Circuit Clerk Phil Riggleman was unable to attend.

The meeting was to discuss the budget requests the officials submitted to the County Commission, in addition to talking about Senate Bill 1005, authorizing a salary increase for elected county officials, which will go into effect July 1, providing it is signed by Tomblin.

Commissioner Mike Taylor said the elected officials did a good job preparing their budget requests.

“There wasn’t any significant cuts that needed to be made because you all submitted very reasonable budgets,” Taylor said.

Taylor said county employees typically receive a pay raise every year, but “it has been eight years since any elected official has had a pay raise,” Taylor said. “In my seven years (on the County Commission), every county employee has had a pay raise every year.”

Based on the terms and conditions set by the Legislature, each official will receive a 12-percent pay increase. According to the legislation, each county’s commission has the final decision on whether or not their county can

afford the raises.

If the legislation is signed by Tomblin, Parker’s annual salary will be $103,264, as opposed to his current salary of $92,200; Riggleman’s will be $59,875, up from $53,460; Wiseman’s will be $59,875, up from $53,460; Yokum’s will be $49,157, up from $43,890; and Brady’s will be $49,157, as opposed to his current salary of $43,890.

Each of the Randolph County commissioners’ annual salaries will increase to $39,917, as opposed to a current salary of $35,640.

Before these pay increases go into effect, each of the elected officials are required to submit a letter to the County Commission stating that they accept the pay rate increase.

The assessed total value for Randolph County is now $1,153,962,125, up $46,743,514, from last year, Yokum said. The assessed value includes public utilities, industrial appraisals, which include, but are not limited to, coal and saw mills, and county values, which includes real estate.

“I know Randolph County is financially sound and a lot of it is attributed to you guys and your fiscal responsibility,” Taylor said. “We are very fortunate here in Randolph County.”

“I appreciate you all for attending this meeting and I thought it would be healthy for everyone to see the process that we are looking at,” Taylor added.