In 2018, La Crosse County paid $54.3 million to county employees, down from $54.5 million in 2017, a 0.35 percent decrease.
The number of county employees on the payroll also was reduced, from 1,617 employees in 2017 to 1,553 employees in 2018, a 3.95 percent decrease.
The highest-paid position during both years was the Psychiatrist in the Department of Human Services. That position enjoyed a 5.21 percent increase in pay from $211,455 in 2017 to $223,078 in 2018.
The Department of Human Services held the title for most employees in both years, with 374 people on the payroll in 2017 and 380 in 2018. That department payroll was almost $13.9 million in 2017 and close to $14.5 million in 2018.
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County administrator was second in the race for highest-paid county employee both years; he received $201,996 in 2017 and $205,782 in 2018. That position enjoyed a 1.84 percent increase over the past two years.
The county administrator’s office added an employee to bring its count from three people on the payroll in 2017 to four people on the payroll in 2018. The office paid out $330,664 in 2017 and $341,909 in 2018 to employees.
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