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February 23rd, 2020

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After adopting compensation plan, county makes exception

county 2 18 20Seward County Human Resources Director Maria Aguilar reviews a new compensation plan for county employees prior to its approval Tuesday evening by commissioners. L&T photo/Robert PierceROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


After approving a new compensation plan for county employees, Seward County commissioners next approved a deviation from that plan for one department.

Human Resources Director Maria Aguilar explained the adjustment was for deputy sheriffs and detention officers for the county.

“They had asked us to review their positions,” she said. “They’ve had some high turnover there, and in order to address that challenge, the sheriff presented us with a recommendation to look into approving a starting base wage increase for deputy sheriffs.”

Aguilar said officials with the Arnold Group, the consultant firm hired last year to help county leaders with a new compensation plan, showed that some of the county’s departments, particularly the sheriff’s office, landfill and Road and Bridge, had high rates of turnover.

“Those are just hard positions to recruit for anyway,” she said. “We need to help that issue.”

Under the deviation, deputy sheriffs would be paid a starting wage of $20 an hour, with beginning detention officers making $15 an hour. Aguilar said those rates will create a pay compression issue for those already in tenured positions and those who have worked for the county for some time.


ELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


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Redskins take 3rd in WAC bowling

Special to the Leader & Times

Liberal finished with 3484 pinfall earning 7 WAC points and 26 for the season after Tuesday’s WAC tournament at Billy’s/Ayr Lanes to finish the season in third place. 

James Hammel finished with the best series of the day for Liberal teams with a 533 series. 

Josh King finished with WAC Honorable Mention  with a season avg. of 168.5. 

The varsity girls finished the day with a 2,994 pinfall earning 2 WAC points and finishing the season in fourth overall with a total of 3 WAC points. 

Caitlyn Carlile finished the day with a 456 series. 

The junior varsity travels to Great Bend Thursday for WAC finals. 

Liberal will host the Class 6A State Regionals at 9 a.m. Monday.

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Former Republican/Democratic New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been spending millions on his self-funded campaign despite missing the first two Democratic presidential primaries, and his infusion in the race almost assures not only a brokered convention but the possibility of a third party run.

When Joe Biden started his free fall, there was an opening for other candidates to rise tot he top, but since Biden is considered a moderate by Democratic standards, the options were limited on where his voters could turn.

Enter Bloomberg who will now be another face in the mix for the moderate wing of the Democratic Party.

This has stunted the growth of Bernie Sanders, which seems to have topped out at the high side at 30 percent.

Nationally, Sanders does even worse, only pulling 24.8 percent.

Sanders is in a battle for the socialist wing of the party with Elizabeth Warren who is polling 12.6 percent nationally according to the Real Clear Politics average.

Put the two together, and you have 37.4 percent of the Democrats.

That leaves Biden, Bloomberg and Mayor Pete Buttigieg battling it out for the moderate Democratic voters.