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County board approves public defender salary increase

Wage increase comes as result of state raising state's attorney's salary

Kendall County Courthouse
Kendall County Courthouse

YORKVILLE – The Kendall County public defender will be getting a raise retroactive to July 1.

The Kendall County Board voted, 9-0, in favor of increasing public defender Victoria Chuffo’s salary to $156,370 during its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 6, County Board Chairman Scott Gryder said.

Matt Kellogg was absent from the meeting, Gryder said.

According to state law, the public defender’s salary must be 90% of the county’s state’s attorney’s salary. Gryder said the state just raised the salary for Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis for cost of living purposes.

Referring to the public defender, Gryder said, “So now the new salary is 90% of the state’s attorney’s salary.”

According to county documents, the public defender’s salary was last set to $153,154 during the County Board’s Nov. 20 meeting.

Weis’ wage was previously $170,171, according to Kendall County salary data. With both salaries increasing by about 2%, Weis’ new salary effective July 1 is $173,744.

According to Illinois state law, the state must pay two-thirds of the annual salaries for the county’s state’s attorney and the public defender. The county pays for the remaining one-third of both salaries.

Kendall County Treasurer Jill Ferko did not immediately return a request for comment on Wednesday, Aug. 7 from Record Newspapers.

Gryder said there haven’t been any other cost-of-living wage increases at the county level yet. He said there’s going to be discussion ahead of the next election for the Kendall County coroner and circuit court clerk’s salaries, which have to be set 180 days before the election Nov. 3, 2020.

“We’ll have to look at those in the spring,” Gryder said.

According to county documents, the salary for the coroner, who currently is Jacquie Purcell, is currently $58,523 and will be $59,108 effective Dec. 1. The salary for the circuit court clerk, who is currently Robyn Ingemunson, is currently $90,676 and will be $91,554 effective Dec. 1.

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