Senate Bill No. 51
Introduced By hertel
A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act coordinating cost-of-living adjustments for probation officers with other county officials; amending sections 41-5-704 and 41-5-705, MCA; and providing an effective date."
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:
Section 1. Section 41-5-704, MCA, is amended to read:
"41-5-704. Salary and expenses. (1) A chief probation officer
shall must receive for his services a salary specified by the
court, depending on the formal training and experience of each respective officer , but such; however, the salary may not be
no lower than $17,000 a year and no may not be higher than $22,000 a year. In addition to such the salary, the court shall,
on or before July 1 of each year, adjust and fix the salary of the chief probation officer for a cost-of-living increase by
adding to his the chief probation officer's annual salary on July 1 of that year an increment, as determined by the county
governing body using the applicable formula provided in 7-4-2504, of up to 100% of 70% of the last previous calendar
year's consumer price index for all urban consumers, U.S. department of labor, bureau of labor statistics, or other index that
the bureau of business and economic research of the university of Montana-Missoula may in the future recognize as the
successor to that index. The cost-of-living increment for the each fiscal year beginning July 1 of each subsequent fiscal year
shall must be added to all cost-of-living increments granted for previous years unless salaries were set for the fiscal year at
the level of salaries received in the prior fiscal year by the county governing body. If that is the case, the cost-of-living
increment that would have been received for the fiscal year, computed on the prior fiscal year, may not be added to
previous increments. The salary of such a chief probation officer shall must be apportioned among and paid by each of the
counties in which such the officer is appointed to act, in proportion to the cost allocation established under 41-5-104,
except where such when the officer is appointed for one county, such then that county shall pay the entire salary.
(2) In addition to the compensation provided in subsection (1), each chief probation officer with more than 5 years of service is entitled to receive an annual 1% longevity allowance; however, years of service during any year in which the salary was set at the same level as the salary of the prior fiscal year may not be included in any calculation of longevity increase. Each longevity allowance must be based on the officer's current salary and begins on the officer's annual employment anniversary date. The allowance must be paid in equal monthly installments.
(3) If the county governing body, in any subsequent fiscal year, restores for 1 or more years the annual cost-of-living increments withheld pursuant to subsection (1), the longevity increases provided for in subsection (2) must also be restored for those years that the cost-of-living increment was restored.
(3)(4) For all authorized travel incident to his a chief probation officer's official duties in connection with the investigation,
supervision, and transportation of youth, the chief probation officer shall must, in addition to his office the officer's salary,
be reimbursed as provided in 2-18-501 through 2-18-503."
Section 2. Section 41-5-705, MCA, is amended to read:
"41-5-705. Deputy probation officers -- salary. (1) The judge having jurisdiction of juvenile matters may
such additional persons to serve as deputy probation officers as the judge considers necessary, giving preference to persons
having the qualifications suggested for appointment as the chief probation officer ,. to serve as The salaries of deputy
probation officers as the judge deems necessary, their salaries to must be fixed by the judge. Such The salaries shall may
not exceed 90% or be less than 60% of the salary of the chief probation officer, excluding longevity payments provided in
(2) In addition to
such the salary, each deputy probation officer with more than 5 years of service is entitled to receive an
annual 1% longevity allowance; however, years of service during any year in which the salary was set at the same level as
the salary of the prior fiscal year may not be included in any calculation of longevity increase. Each longevity allowance
must be based on the officer's current salary and begins on the officer's annual employment anniversary date. The
allowance must be paid in equal monthly installments.
If The salary of a deputy probation officer is promoted to chief probation officer , his salary may not be decreased by
the appointment. He The deputy probation officer shall retain retains all longevity allowances earned during his service as a
NEW SECTION. Section 3. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 1997.