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La Crosse County board to vote on 10% raise for sheriff over four years



The next La Crosse County sheriff could get a $12,000 raise over the next four years, under a plan before the county board.

The sheriff currently makes just under $109,000. The county is being asked to approve 3 percent raises for each of the next two years and 2 percent hikes for the two years thereafter — so 10 percent in total.

That would bring the sheriff’s pay up to $120,000 by 2022.

Sheriff Steve Helgeson has not announced for re-election and chief deputy Jeff Wolf is running for the position in the November elections.

Also in line for a raise would be the La Crosse County clerk of courts, which makes $79,000.

Yearly raises for La Crosse County’s elected department heads have held steady at 2 percent since 2015.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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