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Friday, March 10, 2017

Ind. Courts - "Judges sue Lake to raise pay for court employees"

Bill Dolan reports this morning in the NWI Times:

CROWN POINT — Local judges are suing Lake County to win salary increases for their court employees.

Some 14 Superior Court judges on Feb. 21 filed an "Order for Mandate of Funds" seeking thousands of dollars in raises for each of more than 350 secretaries, bailiffs, office managers, stenographers and other court administrators listed on their payroll.

They are suing the Lake County Council, which would have to find the money from tax revenues. * * *

Indianapolis attorney William J. Barkimer, who represents the judges, referred all comment to fellow attorney Jeffrey McDermott, also of Indianapolis, who couldn't be reached for comment.

The attorneys state in court papers that the 14 judges have lost valuable employees and have trouble replacing them because of county government's low pay scale, which ranges from less than $28,000 for secretaries to less than $62,000 for the Superior Court administrator. The courts' annual payroll exceeds $6.3 million.

The judges argue Lake County pays below the state average, according to a 2015 statewide judicial branch salary analysis, including courts in Porter County, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend and Lafayette, Indiana.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 10, 2017 08:55 AM
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