The Menominee County Board of Commissioners did the right thing at its December meeting when it approved salary bumps for several county officers.

Menominee County never carried a reputation for overpaying its duly elected and appointed officials, the same officers who serve county residents from the far reaches of the City of Menominee to the northern borders of the county. A lot of time was spent bickering about wages over the years. It seemed Menominee was always at the low end of the pay scale when compared to other Upper Peninsula counties of comparable size.

Under the new pay scale, the wage schedule will look like this:

■ Prosecuting attorney — $102,088

■ Sheriff — $75,000

■ County clerk — $62,444.83

■ Treasurer — $59,398.82

■ Drain commissioner — $548

The office of prosecuting attorney once upon a time was a part-time position. He also handled corporate work for the county. Now the county prosecutor is an elected position but the pay grade is set by the county board. The prosecutor also has two fulltime assistant prosecutors.

An expansion of state laws, a sizable increase in the crime rate and other duties added to the prosecutor’s job description, have boosted the duties and responsibilities of the top cop in the county tenfold over the years.

Despite the wage adjustments, the county remains under “market value” pay for some positions. The market value issue resulted in plenty of discussion on the board floor for most of the positions affected by the pay increases.

The county clerk, for example, also serves as register of deeds, which in some counties is a separate position.

Except for prosecuting attorney, the citizens of Menominee County elect the people put in the offices which serve the public. Their choices should be respected during their terms of office. And their choices should receive fair compensation.