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Monday, March 27, 2017

Ind. Courts - "Porter's top prosecutors seeking 20 percent pay raises"

Bob Kasarda reported Saturday in the NWI Times:

VALPARAISO — Porter County Deputy Prosecutor Cheryl Polarek routinely faces off in court with some of the county's worst offenders and has helped put many of them behind bars.

But her pay lags behind her peers elsewhere in the state and the nation, according to her boss, Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel.

Gensel hopes to bring justice to Polarek and two other senior prosecutors from his office when he appears Tuesday before the Porter County Council to ask for 20 percent raises for each of the three.

"These are people that have dedicated their legal careers to protecting the people of Porter County," he said.

Raises will also be requested for deputy prosecutors Mike Drenth and Tammy Gregg, Gensel said. The group has nearly 60 years of experience as prosecutors among them. The pay for the three ranges from $58,000 to $73,000. * * *

Gensel said he has lost three prosecutors recently, in part, to work elsewhere for more pay.

But he said the timing of next week's request has more to do with the recent discovery of pay inequities between his staff and prosecutors in comparable size departments.

The pay request amounts to a total of $42,000, which Gensel said would be paid this year from funding generated by his office through pre-trial diversion and infraction deferral programs. The increased pay would then be budgeted out of the county's general tax fund for every year after.

There are 16 prosecutors working for the county, including Gensel, he said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 27, 2017 10:00 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts