- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry Parish Council has approved a $40,000 pay increase for the parish president.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/229Uvia) Parish President Bill Fontenot, who ran unopposed for a second term in October, has earned $65,000 a year since he was first elected in 2010.

Beginning next year, he’ll be paid $105,000 a year.

The president’s salary was initially set in the 2003 St. Landry’s Home Rule Charter at $65,000.

Don Menard, Fontenot’s predecessor as president, also was paid $65,000 a year.

In September, Fontenot announced he intended to seek a raise that would place his salary at $140,000 per year.

The council approved the pay raise Wednesday night.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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