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Dickinson reclassifies district court duties, wages

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County has reclassified several district court positions, with pay increases, after contracting with MGT Consulting Group of Bay City to conduct an independent compensation review.

According to the study, the district court was restructured after the court administrator took a different position within the county. The court administrator’s duties were divided between three other positions, with the vacancy left by the administrator’s departure filled with a new full-time clerk position at a lower pay grade.

The wage adjustments recommended by MGT will add, in total, about $2,500 to the rest of this year’s budget, Controller Brian Bousley told the county board this week. The cost will be more substantial in the years ahead as employees will also be eligible for step increases, he added.

A new civil district clerk position will have a starting wage of $16.604 per hour. The deputy magistrate/clerk will receive a starting wage of $20.863 per hour and the magistrate/court administrator will be paid a starting wage of $22.204.

District court still has a part-time position that is vacant. “A few years ago one full-time position was lost by attrition due to retirement,” Bousley said. “That full-time position became part-time.”

The board approved the reclassifications, along with a policy for future reclassifications. Requests must be filed by the department head, approved by the county board, and then submitted to a third party such as MGT to recommend a new job description and pay classification.

During citizens time, courthouse employee Carol Bronzyk said her position should also be reclassified, given the results of the district court review.

In other business, the county board:

— Authorized County Clerk-Register of Deeds Dolly Cook to fill an upcoming vacancy for the position of chief deputy register of deeds.

— Directed Bousley to update and amend the county’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan to coincide with the Dickinson County courts’ administrative order to begin to return to full capacity.

— Received a report from Treasurer Lorna Carey on the county’s foreclosure fund accounts. The foreclosure fund shows a total balance of $311,091. There have been no foreclosures in 2020, due to the pandemic, although a new tax payment deadline lies ahead.

— Approved an agreement to allow Debonaire Inc. to sell a hangar building on land leased at Ford Airport. The buyer of the hangar is Vincent Quadrani.

— Approved payment of $250 to the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance for the Loyal to Local campaign.

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