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Helping Local Government – Missouri Senate

Often I am more than happy to highlight those who do yeoman work in our society. Unfortunately, they aren’t always considered “real heroes”, but they do a tremendous amount of work for little pay and almost no recognition. Last week, I had the pleasure of supporting a fellow legislator with a similar vision for some of our unsung heroes at the local level.

Senate Bill 1088 aims to modify the provisions relating to the salaries of public administrators. These are the people who oversee the care of those who are deemed incapable or disabled. I believe their compensation should reflect the work they do as full-time decision makers for the most vulnerable in our population. Senate Bill 1088 was heard by the Missouri Senate Local Government and Elections Committee, which I happily serve on.

Currently, a public administrator’s salary is determined by what I consider to be an archaic method of determining how much to pay the person. I believe SB 1088 gives counties the flexibility they need to not only pay public administrators better, but would also allow them to determine a pay scale more in line with other county officials, such as clerks or assessors of the county. I hope this would equate to getting more qualified people interested in doing what I consider to be one of the most demanding jobs locally.

Again, I want to acknowledge the importance of public administrators and the great work they do across our state. They give so much to take care of some of the most vulnerable people in our population. I hope this legislation will help them and allow county governments to make much needed wage adjustments as they see fit.

As always, please don’t hesitate to call, email or write with your ideas or concerns. My Capitol office number is (573) 751-1415, my email is [email protected] and my mailing address is Room 332, State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.