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Coleman Okays Amending Ordinance on Judge Salary
Issue Date: December 14, 2017
Coleman"During the Dec. 4 Coleman Village Board meeting, discussion took place regarding amending Ordinance section1 on the Municipal Judge salary. Municipal Judge Clifford Patz was present at the meeting to offer clarification sighting the section of the ordinance which would be addressed.
"The salary of the Municipal Judge should not be diminished during the term of office and if any additional municipalities join the court during a term of office the salary of the municipal judge shall be increased so that the municipal judge receives the same compensation form the new municipality as it receives from each of the previously existing municipalities."
Judge Patz explained it is a State Statute that during the first year, salaries cannot be cut. After the first year salaries can increase if the Board chooses to do so. The municipalities added to the court shall negotiate the salary with the Judge, and shall not affect the salary that is currently being paid to the judge by the Village of Coleman.
Judge Patz explained that what has been taking place in some cases is that new municipalities were added to the court and the existing municipalities were expecting a cut in the judge's salary. This assumption occurred because they were under the impression that the salaries would stay the same, but the new municipality would pay a portion of the amount, therefore reducing their payment.
A vote was taken and the portion of the state mandate regarding the salary of the municipal judge was adopted by the Coleman Village Board.