Updated: July 19, 2021 10:59 PM
Created: July 19, 2021 03:34 PM
(ABC 6 News) - The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Sheriff Kurt Freitag in the dispute over his salary.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a district court judge acted properly in setting Sheriff Kurt Freitag’s salary at $113,952 after the Freeborn County commissioners voted to pay him $97,020.
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In 2018, the Freeborn County board had increased Freitag’s salary to $92,403, and in November 2018, Freitag presented his 2019 salary request of $113,952, a 23% increase. Freitag arrived at this total by averaging two figures: the median salary of sheriffs in neighboring counties and the median salary of sheriffs in comparable positions across the state.
The following month, the board passed a resolution setting Freitag’s salary at $97,020. Freitag appealed his 2019 salary to the district court under a statute allowing such appeals, and the district court concluded that the board’s setting of Freitag’s salary was arbitrary
due to a lack of explanation from the board as to how it arrived at the $97,020 figure.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals said it was "not against the facts in the record or based on an erroneous view of the law, the district court did not abuse its discretion when considering statutory and other valid factors when setting Freitag’s salary."
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