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County’s top attorneys receive 10 percent retroactive pay hike

February 12, 2008
The Maui News
WAILUKU — The county’s top attorneys have received a 10 percent raise.

The Salary Commission last month voted to raise the pay for the corporation counsel and prosecuting attorney from $100,000 to $110,486, retroactive to Jan. 1. That makes them the highest-paid appointees in the county, but likely not for long; the commission is expected to vote on raises for all remaining county directors and deputies later this month.

Because the salaries of prosecutors and corporation counsel attorneys are based on those of the directors, the raise means an increase in pay for the employees of those departments.

Chairman Doug Levin said the commission has been tweaking its formula for calculating raises for departmental directors but decided to take action on the attorneys’ salaries at the request of commissioner Fred Rohlfing, a former corporation counsel.

“He’s leaving, and he asked us to accomplish this before he left,” he said.

The raise is in line with the amount that is expected to be recommended by the revised salary formula, he added.

At current levels, the next-highest-paid director is the police chief, who makes $108,600. Mayor Charmaine Tavares currently makes $114,030.

Prosecutor Benjamin Acob said he was grateful to the commission for giving him the means to offer higher salaries to attorneys.

“We should be able to attract more entry-level people, as well as keep the experienced ones, as their salaries also are increased,” he said.

The Salary Commission will meet to discuss director and deputy salaries at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 22 in the mayor’s lounge.



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