Incentive Oconto County OKs hoping to draw DA assistant candidates

OCONTO — With the departure of the assistant district attorney, Oconto County officials hope an incentive will help get the attention of hard-to-find candidates.

The county administration committee recently approved the provision of relocation money to an attorney willing to take the job.

“We want to try to get somebody here and get them to commit for a period of time, so we don’t have to go through that again,” District Attorney Edward Burke said.

Edward Burke, Oconto County District Attorney

District attorneys and assistant attorneys are state employees, so the county is unable to pay additional salary.

“If there’s a candidate coming in and salary is an issue…we want to see if we can use that as a tool,” County Administrator Erik Pritzl said.

Indeed, the starting wage for ADAs is $26.70 an hour statewide, although current ADAs can transfer and keep their higher wages.

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