SMETHPORT — 2010 salaries and benefits for McKean County elected officials, line officers, department heads and certain appointed professionals are similar to those paid for the same functions in 2009.
The highest salary is that of District Attorney: $160,851. By law, it is $1,000 less than the salary of the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, which are set at the state level. Judge and DA salaries were not increased by the Commonwealth this year.
The state is supposed to pay 60 percent of the DA’s salary, but has been laggardly in its reimbursements. That problem may be fixed by legislation, county Controller Tom Ball said. The county pays the DA, and reimbursements arrive later, partially offsetting the payments.
Each of the three commissioners receives $51,565 in salary; they are responsible for 94 employees.
Other salaries for officials follow, with the number of employees each is responsible for in parentheses.
Treasurer, $49,119 (3); controller, $49,119 (2); district attorney, $160,851 (7); recorder of deeds, $49,119 (2); register of wills, $47,819 (2); prothonotary, $49,119 (4); coroner, $37,803 (0); and jury commissioners (two), $8,062 each.
The sheriff receives a salary of $49,119, and is responsible for 34 staff. The present sheriff also functions as warden of the jail, but does not receive a separate salary for that. However, he also serves as emergency services coordinator, which is salaried at $25,000.
The assistant sheriff is salaried at $48,694; the assistant warden, $48,694. The warden, emergency services and assistant warden positions are appointive.
In bureau and department head positions, salaries and numbers of staff (exclusive of the department head) are these:
Tax claim director, $38,261 (1); assessment director, $39,884 (5); Emergency Management Agency, $47,566 (1); 911 director, $47,692 (13); human services director, $71,125 (43); mental retardation director, $49,928 (0); soil and conservation director, $39,193 (3); maintenance director, $43,493 (3); budget director, $38,258 (0);
Economic development director, $31,844 (0); planning director, $40,089 (0); voter registration director, $38,746 (1); veteran affairs director, $31,843 (1); recycling director, $31,843 (0); food services director (jail), $27,780 (0); public defender, $46,040 (4); county detective/Drug Task Force and DUI coordinator, $68,406 (0); chief adult probation officer and domestic relations director, $67,351 (16); chief juvenile probation officer, $52,447 (9); family law master. $64,229 (2); juvenile law master, $25,106; human services solicitor, $79,18; and county solicitor, $44,138.
Row officers have solicitors as well, and those solicitors receive retainers of $650. Officials with solicitors include treasurer, controller, sheriff, recorder of deeds, register of wills, prothonotary and coroner.
Elected officials’ salaries and schedule of increases are established prior to the terms they are serving. Thus, a previous group of commissioners set the increases that affected the current commissioners’ salaries for 2009 and 2010 and will govern their salaries during the other years of the current term. The increases are 1.5 percent each year.
A salary board sets pay for other non-union workers, from time to time, usually rating or grading the positions based on responsibilities and credentials that pertain to them, and seeking “fairness.”
Unions are in place for courthouse and Children and Youth Services employees (Pennsylvania Social Services Union, PSSU) and for the jail (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFSCME). Their contracts called for 2.5 percent raises, and other wage employees who are not in unions are given raises of the same percentage.
Last year, jail workers voted to forego a percentage increase, as part of negotiations that resulted in a revised longevity raise provision.
Common Pleas Court judges are paid by the state, along with the court administrator and the assistant court administrator, and the magisterial judges (district justices).
The benefits for the salaried county government positions listed in this story add 35 to 40 percent to county costs for those positions, according to Ball. At that, the employees contribute a sizable portion of the premiums for their health insurance.
The 2010 rates for health insurance will have each covered individual paying a $27.21 biweekly for himself or herself only, or $129.11 biweekly for employee and spouse, or $129.11 biweekly for employee and child(ren), or $150.63 biweekly for a family.
On an annual basis, those costs to the employee would be these (with the county’s share in parentheses):
Single, $653.04 ($10,380.24); employee and spouse, $3,098 ($23,070.48); employee and child(ren) ($3098.64); family, $3,615.12 ($22,554.00).
This represents an eight percent contribution by the employee for “single” coverage, 15 percent for couple or parent and child(ren) coverage, and 17.5 percent for family coverage.
At present there are 87 single plans and 76 other plans in force.
The county provides dental coverage at $21.18 per month for “single” coverage and $66.84 for families. Vision coverage is another $3.12 or $8.12 per month, also paid for by the county. Only full-time employees are included.
The county provides $50,000 in term life insurance for each employee, at a cost of $132 per person per year.
McKean County’s 210 employees work in these locations: courthouse, 93; adult probation in Main Street offices, 7; Old County Home buildings, 10; human services building, 45; Emergency Management/911 building, 18; district court in Kane, 2; district court in Smethport, 2; district court in Foster Township, 2; district court in Bradford City, 2; and McKean County Jail, 29.