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WVC 7 - 7 - 4 §7-7-4. Compensation of elected county officials and county commissioners for each class of county; effective date.
  (1) The increased salaries to be paid to the county commissioners and the other elected county officials described in this subsection on and after July 1, 2006, are set out in subdivisions (5) and (7) of this subsection. Every county commissioner and elected county official in each county, whose term of office commenced prior to or on or after July 1, 2006, shall receive the same annual salary by virtue of legislative findings of extra duties as set forth in section one of this article.

  (2) Before the increased salaries, as set out in subdivisions (5) and (7) of this subsection, are paid to the county commissioners and the elected county officials, the following requirements must be met:

  (A) The Auditor has certified that the proposed annual county budget for the fiscal year beginning the first days of July, 2006, has increased over the previous fiscal year in an amount sufficient for the payment of the increase in the salaries, set out in subdivisions (5) and (7) of this subsection, and the related employment taxes: Provided, That the Auditor may not approve the budget certification for any proposed annual county budget containing anticipated receipts which are unreasonably greater or lesser than that of the previous year. For purposes of this subdivision, the term "receipts" does not include unencumbered fund balance or federal or state grants; and

  (B) Each county commissioner or other elected official described in this subsection in office on the effective date of the increased salaries provided by this subsection who desires to receive the increased salary has prior to that date filed in the office of the clerk of the county commission his or her written agreement to accept the salary increase. The salary for the person who holds the office of county commissioner or other elected official described in this subsection who fails to file the written agreement as required by this paragraph shall be the salary for that office in effect immediately prior to the effective date of the increased salaries provided by this subsection until the person vacates the office or his or her term of office expires, whichever first occurs.

  (3) If there is an insufficient projected increase in revenues to pay the increased salaries and the related employment taxes, then the salaries of that county's elected officials and commissioners shall remain at the level in effect at the time certification was sought.

  (4) In any county having a tribunal in lieu of a county commission, the county commissioners of that county may be paid less than the minimum salary limits of the county commission for that particular class of the county.


                      Class I$36,960

                      Class II$36,300

                      Class III$35,640

                      Class IV$34,980

                      Class V$34,320

                      Class VI$28,380

Class VII$27,720

                    Class VIII$25,080

                      Class IX$24,420

                      Class X$19,800

  (6) For the purpose of determining the salaries to be paid to the elected county officials of each county, the salaries for each county office by class, set out in subdivision (7) of this subsection, are established and shall be used by each county commission in determining the salaries of each of their county officials other than salaries of members of the county commission.


                         CountyCircuit   Prosecuting

     SheriffClerkClerk     assessorAttorney

Class I$44,880   $55,440   $55,440   $44,880$ 96,600

Class II$44,220$54,780   $54,780   $44,220    $ 94,400

Class III$43,890$53,460$53,460   $43,890    $ 92,200

Class IV$43,560$53,154   $53,154   $43,560    $ 90,000

Class V$43,230$52,800   $52,800   $43,230    $ 87,800

Class VI$42,900$49,500   $49,500   $42,900    $ 59,400

Class VII$42,570$48,840   $48,840   $42,570    $ 56,760

Class VIII$42,240$48,180   $48,180   $42,240    $ 54,120

Class IX$41,910$47,520   $47,520   $41,910    $ 50,160

Class X$38,280$42,240   $42,240   $38,280    $ 46,200

  (8) Any county clerk, circuit clerk, county assessor or sheriff of a Class I through Class V county, inclusive, any assessor or any sheriff of a Class VI through Class IX county, inclusive, shall devote full-time to his or her public duties to the exclusion of any other employment: Provided, That any public official, whose term of office begins when his or her county's classification imposes no restriction on his or her outside activities, may not be restricted on his or her outside activities during the remainder of the term for which he or she is elected. Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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