Lets not stop with the deputies-elected official salaries should be at the top of the docket

 

 

I certainly hope the same logic is applied when discussing salaries of the elected officials next month. Currently DuPage Countywide elected officials are by far the highest paid in the state.

The Daily Herald  Reports the following 

Robert Sanchez

DuPage County spends roughly double the money to provide courthouse security as four other collar counties, according to a new study.

The main reason is DuPage’s use of full-time, sworn sheriff’s deputies for almost every court security position. In Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties, lower-paid court security officers are used.
On average, DuPage spends nearly $160,000 annually for each of its 44 courtrooms.

In the other counties, costs range from $75,000 to $95,000 per courtroom, according to the study, done by DuPage administrators for the county board. The study didn’t include Cook County, which uses sheriff’s deputies for court security.

DuPage’s higher costs have sparked a debate between Sheriff John Zaruba and county board members on whether full-time deputies are needed at the main courthouse in Wheaton and four field courts.

“We’re looking for ways that our departments can be cost effective,” said Paul Fichtner, the chairman of the county board’s finance committee. “We’re discovering with the court security that we are way above what other counties pay for similar service.”

You can read the full story using the provided link:

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160424/news/160429334/

 

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