Dodge County Has A New Emergency Management Director

(Juneau) Dodge County has a new emergency management director. The county board Tuesday night approved the appointment of Joe Meagher to the position. Meagher had been director before.

In 2014 he swapped titles with Amy Haase who took on the director role. She left in December to take the communications and emergency management director position with Fond du Lac County. Meagher had served as interim director ever since Haase left.

His annual salary comes to $38.51 per hour. He will also receive fringe benefits and paid time off. 

Meanwhile, the board also approved an advisory resolution asking the state legislature to increase pay for assistant district attorneys. The resolution states the entry level pay for assistant district attorneys has not kept pace with the rate of inflation and is well below the national average. 

It also notes that the compensation rate is below other public and private sector attorney positions in both Dodge County and around the state. The hourly pay for assistant DA’s is roughly $27.24, which comes to about $56-thousand-dollars annually.

The Dodge County District Attorney’s Office made statewide headlines when DA Kurt Klomberg resigned and said that current staffing challenges are a result of the state’s failure to keep up with the appropriate compensation levels to attract new prosecution talent. 

Photo courtesy of the Dodge County website