- Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The St. Tammany Parish Council has postponed discussion of a proposal to give Coroner Charles Preston a 64 percent pay raise.

The proposal, delayed Thursday, calls for increasing Preston’s $84,000 annual salary to $137,779, and for placing the coroner’s salary in line with that of other employees in the parish government’s Labor Grade/Step-increase pay plan.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune (https://bit.ly/1qchcDr ) reports changing the salary requires a budget amendment from Preston’s office. Councilman Jerry Binder says once submitted to the parish Finance Department, it’s then routed through the council.

Binder says money is available in the coroner’s budget for the increase. He says Preston has saved some $300,000 per year just by out-sourcing toxicology work.

Preston was elected in 2014 to replace Peter Galvan, who resigned and pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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