Large raise for sheriff likely due to new law

Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger (left) could be in line for a sizable salary increase next year due to a new state law. Des Moines human resources attorney Michael Galloway (right) explained the matter to the Humboldt County Compensation Board recently. Read details in this week's Humboldt Independent.

Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger may be getting a fairly sizeable salary increase, possibly around 18 percent above his current salary of $87,654.
The reason for the jump is the passage of Senate File 342 last June. Commonly referred to as the Back the Blue Act, the bill includes a mandate to pay county sheriffs at a comparable rate of pay to police chiefs in similar populated towns and comparable to Iowa State Patrol administrators and command officers and comparable to Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) administrators and command officers.
The Humboldt County Compensation Board reviewed the salary data and other pertinent information during a meeting on Dec. 20, 2021. The Board is scheduled to meet again next Monday, Jan. 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room at the courthouse. The meeting is open to the public. Read more about the discussions and comparative salaries in this week's Humboldt Independent, your trusted source for local news and sports.

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