The Douglas County Board unanimously approved raises of 2 percent for about 300 managers and non-union officials, including dozens who already make more than $100,000.
The raises take effect Jan. 1 and will increase the county's payroll by about $350,000.
At Tuesday's meeting, three elected officials got approval to increase salaries of their chief deputies by 3 percent instead of the recommended 2 percent.
“Our employees of Douglas County do a fantastic job,” board member Pam Tusa said. “I think they very well deserve it.”
County Attorney Don Kleine asked the board to increase the salary of chief deputy attorney Brenda Beadle to $124,957, a raise of $3,757. Kleine said Beadle currently makes less than her counterparts in Sarpy and Lancaster counties.
For 2011 and 2012, the county board approved 1 percent raises for managers. Three elected officials, clerk, public defender and register of deeds, had their salaries frozen for 2013 and 2014.
Clerk of District Court John Friend said his budget had enough money available to cover the 3 percent raise for his new chief deputy.
Friend, a retired Omaha police captain, appointed Jane Alexander last March after she retired from a civilian position at the Omaha Police Department. Alexander's new salary will be $72,100.
A 3 percent raise for Assessor Roger Morrissey's two chief deputies will boost Barry Couch's salary to $98,274 and Mike Goodwillie's pay to $93,802.