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TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Board voted to increase the States Attorney salary at the regular meeting of the group Tuesday night in the Board Meeting Room of the Courthouse. This was the first time the Board has met in a group in the Courthouse since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year. Due to the pandemic, most of the regular meetings and committee meet- ings of the Board had been held remotely.
In the absence of County Board Chairman Matt Wells, Vice-Chairman Craig Corzine presided at the meeting.
During the session, members voted unanimously to raise the Christian County State’s Attorney salary by 2.5% as a cost of living increase. Presently, the salary is $178,960.19 and will now be $183,434.18. In addition, the Christian County Public Defender also received a salary bump. According to state statutes, the public defender’s salary must be within 9% of the States Attorney salary. The public defender’s salary goes from $161,060.48 to $165,090.70.
An effective date was not announced.
A request by the Christian County Health Department to excuse an employee from the county’s residency requirement was approved. An application submitted for a position was the most qualified, but the person lives outside the county.
Going forward, those people will be grandfathered in and the chairs of those departments can discuss with their committees to decide whether they will hire people who don’t meet the residency requirements.
The meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m. Next regular meet- ing of the Christian County Board is Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. in the County Board Meeting Room of the Courthouse.