- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County officials who didn’t get raises last year would see pay bumps under a proposal by the county’s Salary Commission.

The commission will take public comments April 28 before voting on a final plan.

Under the proposal, the next mayor will see the biggest jump, by 19.8 percent, to $130,818. That would take effect in December 2016, when Mayor Billy Kenoi leaves office. He repeatedly has said he would refuse a raise for himself.

The managing director would get a 6.1 percent bump, to $110,244. The deputy managing director would see a 5.8 percent raise, to $104,736.


Council members’ salaries would go up $4,000 apiece, to $52,000. The council chairman’s salary would rise $6,000, to $58,000.

The plan accounts for the county budget, the salaries of subordinates and salaries in other counties, Commissioner Marcella Stroh told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://bit.ly/1gQT41w ).

“We did a very comprehensive analysis of the positions,” she said.

Department heads who didn’t get raises last year would also see raises, as would the county clerk and legislative auditor, whose pay would rise 5 percent, to $99,000.

Overall, the raises would add $56,472 to next year’s budget and $90,178 after 2016.

Most county employees not covered by a union agreement got a 4 percent raise last year, their first since 2008.

Employees who haven’t received pay hikes include deputy corporation counsel attorneys. County code caps their salaries at no more than 90 percent of the corporation counsel or the prosecuting attorney, whichever is higher. They now make up to $99,240.

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Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/