House Bill Addresses Lagging Pay For County Attorneys

Des Moines, Iowa — A bill ready for debate in the Iowa House would get rid of the legal limits on the salaries of county attorneys.

Republican Representative Brian Lohse of Bondurant says there’s currently no limit on pay for the county attorneys in Polk and Linn Counties, but the other 97 can’t be paid more than a judge.

Lohse says getting rid of those caps will help counties recruit and retain lawyers in the county attorneys’ offices, especially in rural areas.

House Judiciary Committee chairman Steven Holt of Denison agrees.

Iowa judges are paid less than judges in every state that borders Iowa. Iowa judges make 16-thousand dollars less per year than South Dakota judges. The salaries for judges in Nebraska are 38-thousand dollars higher.

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