Mayor gets 19 percent raise

WAILUKU — Mayor Alan Arakawa will see a 19 percent jump in his salary beginning in July, as the Maui County Salary Commission voted Friday morning to increase his salary from $114,030 to $135,696.

The commission also voted to increase the salaries of county department heads by 15 percent. The 15 percent increase excluded the police, fire and liquor control departments as well as the county auditor.

Subsequently the commission also equalized the salaries for all county deputy department heads, setting all of their salaries at 90 percent of what their department head earns. The measure also excluded police, fire and the liquor control departments.

With the mayor’s salary set at $135,696, the position is the now the highest paid position in the county. Previously the mayor’s salary was lower than the police chief ($135,000) and the deputy police chief ($128,250) and also lower than the fire chief ($126,900) and fire deputy ($120,450), which was cited as the reason for the commission to increase the mayor’s salary.

Mayor Arakawa could not immediately be reached for comment but his office said Arakawa never asked for a raise for himself.

For more on this story see Saturday’s edition of The Maui News.