Senate Bill 42 came back from the house with certain provisions relating to county sheriffs. That portion of the legislation required all monies collected when the sheriff’s department serves papers to be put into a fund established by the county treasurer. This would have then been used to supplement the sheriff’s salary, up to the equivalent of an associate circuit judge. County Commissions were concerned because that salary is set at $116,858 per year, which is considerably more than most sheriffs in small counties earn.
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The proposed law would also let sheriffs hire their own lawyers had it passed. Right now, only sheriffs in first-class Missouri counties have that right.
The Carroll County Commission spoke out against the bill in a statement released last week. They, like most opponents of the measure, protested what they called a “back door raise.” The Carroll County Salary Commission sets pay rates for all county members every other year and must be equal among officials. Had this amendment been passed, the county would have been required to raise salaries across the board.
The amendment was added on in the Missouri House. After the arguments against the measure were put forward by County Commissions, the Senate Conference Committee removed that part of the legislation.