MOULTRIE -- If you want to run for sheriff this fall, you'll have to fork over $1,866.82 in qualifying fees come spring.

The county has set qualifying fees for this fall's local elections for constitutional officers, county commissioners and school board members.

Up for election this year are the constitutional offices of sheriff, probate judge, clerk of court and tax commissioner. Also up for public consideration are three Superior Court judgeships, district attorney, State Court judge, State Court solicitor, coroner, half the school board and half the county commission.

Commissioners Ray Norman, District 2; Billy Herndon, District 4; and Merle Hall, District 6, are up for re-election, which should make for an interesting race. The three have unified in the last year over several controversial issues including voting against a three-year contract with the former county administrator.

Voters will also decide the races for school board members Jerry S. Meister, District 2; Chairman Gerald Webb, District 3; and Debra M. Hampton, District 6,

Qualifying begins 9 a.m. April 26 and will run through noon April 30. Fees are set at 3 percent of the base salary offered for each position.

Colquitt County's sheriff earns $62,227.28 base salary plus a $3,440.76 for court services. The clerk of court earns $49,932.80 with a supplement of $13,763.04 for services in juvenile and state courts. Tax commissioner earns $47,723.93 with a supplement of $6,837.72 for services as ex officio sheriff. Probate judge earns $47,069.75 with a supplement of $3,440.76 for services as elections superintendent.

A base salary of $28,000.18 is paid to the State Court judge, $21,200 to the solicitor, $13,000 to the coroner, $4,200 to county commissioners and $3,600 to school board members.

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