- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - St. Tammany Parish Coroner Charles Preston is getting a hefty pay raise.

The Parish Council voted 11-3 Thursday to raise Preston’s annual salary from $84,000 to $137,779 - a 64 percent increase.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1r5MD2u ) the approved ordinance raises the coroner’s salary, places it into the parish government’s Labor Grade/Step increase pay plan and comes with a requirement that the office-holder works full time.

Preston succeeded Dr. Peter Galvan, who served just over two years on federal and state theft and corruption charges. Galvan pleaded guilty to using public money to buy items for his boat and plane, as well as lavish dinners for himself and staff.

While in office, Galvan set his own pay at $210,000 annually and worked only a handful of hours each week.

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

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