Plus, retaining experienced attorneys saves the county money because they can more efficiently and cost-effectively handle hundreds of civil and criminal cases a year, he said. Employee retention would have been a serious problem if the salary appeal had been rejected, Rovney said.
"I would have left," he said. "I would have been looking for a new job."
Morale improved noticeably when Walker's ruling arrived at the Blue Earth County Justice Center, but the assistant county attorneys won't know for a while yet the specific impact of winning the case. The board could appeal the ruling. Even if it doesn't, commissioners might choose to make relatively minor adjustments in salaries in the hopes that Walker won't object if they make some concession.
Rovney said he doesn't expect that.
"The commissioners and administrator, I think, are fundamentally good people," he said. "And I'm confident they'll do the right thing."