Tuesday, August 28, 2007
St. Joseph County Sheriff Earning $200K Plus A Year
St. Joseph Co. Sheriff Frank Canarecci's annual salary is $110,000, but he's also pocketing a percentage of state tax payments he collects, which could be boosting his annual pay $85,000 to $120,000 per year. This news apparently came as a surprise to county officials, who are supposed to know what's going on. The county, by law, can limit the sheriff's pay to his statutory salary, but the county hasn't had a contract with Canarecci since he's been in office according to the South Bend Tribune. "I've never been so angry," said [County Commissioner Mark] Dobson, adding that he will ask the county attorney to investigate the situation."Statutorily it may be correct," Dobson said, "but that doesn't make it right." "The commissioner called the situation 'morally reprehensible' and complained that Canarecci is 'pocketing a revenue source' at the same time that county officials are struggling to provide raises for jail guards," the Tribune reported. The president of the County Commissioners, Steve Ross, said he didn't even know the county didn't have a contract with the sheriff. "Now we're going to be asking questions," Ross promised. Shouldn't he have been asking those kinds of questions as soon as he took office?