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County Board Calls for Study of Elected Official Compensation

11/03/2021 @ 4:00 pm

During their October meeting, Cook County Commissioners approved a resolution calling for the creation of a compensation and market survey. The compensation and market survey will be used to determine if the current compensation received by Cook County elected officials is appropriate or if an increase is warranted in December of 2022.

 

Salary increases were last approved for Cook County elected officials in 2000. Resolution 00-R-013 set the following salaries:

 

Office

Salary

Clerk of the Circuit Court

$105,000

Commissioners

$85,000 (was $61,000)

Chairman of Finance

$90,000

Cook County President

$170,000 (was $115,000)

Assessor

$125,000 (was $75,000)

Board of Review Commissioners

$100,000 (was $74,000)

Clerk

$105,000 (was $86,100)

Sheriff

$160,000 (was $139,633)

 

The resolution calls on the Bureau of Human Resources in conjunction with the Bureau of Finance, an economist selected by the Chief Financial Officer, and an outside consultant to comply and validate the data collected as well as provide recommendations regarding compensation data.

 

Findings are to be presented to the Finance Committee prior to March 2022. Commissioners will then have the option to incorporate the recommendations into the budget for Fiscal Year 2023 or disapprove the recommendations, meaning that the salaries of the various elected offices would remain the same.

 

Cook County Farm Bureau will continue to monitor this issue and will provide comments if appropriate. Members who have feedback are encouraged to contact Bona Heinsohn at [email protected].

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