Traill County Courthouse at sunset

The Traill County Courthouse at sunset.

The Traill County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to take a harder look at the salaries and benefits given to county employees during the board’s 2022 budget talks coming up in late June.

Marlene Eblen, Traill County recorder, petitioned the board Tuesday for a $4,500 midyear pay bump for her deputy recorder, whose compensation lags behind her peers in comparable counties.

Deb Hankel, who has been employed by the county for six years and earns $33,330, feels unappreciated and undervalued due to her current salary, Eblen told commissioners.

The salary request and reports from department heads citing difficulty hiring and retaining employees sparked a larger debate about whether the pay Traill County workers receive is too low.

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