HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Honolulu Salary Commission voted today for across the board raises for Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, the Police Chief, City Council on down.
Commissioners are recommending a 4% boost in pay for all elected and appointed City officials, except for the Police and Fire Chiefs and their deputies. They're looking at 5.5% salary increases.
The proposed raises would take the Mayor from about 136 to 142 thousand, City Council from 52 to 56-thousand, and the Police Chief to 152 thousand.
The raises would be on top of the restoration of 5% pay cuts from 2008 that will go into effect July 1st.
Mayor Caldwell says, "I think we're seeing a stronger economy and with that, there's going to be some adjustments recognizing sacrifices made by government workers since 2008."
Salary Commission member Jeff Portnoy agreed, saying "I think it's a fair compromise. I think the economy is improving."
5.5 percent is the compromise Commissioners reached on the 11 percent police and fire proposal that was rejected at the last commission hearing. That will boost pay for the Chiefs above employees reporting to them.
"We wanted to make sure there's some sort of a gap that applies for the responsibility the chiefs hold" says the Salary Commission's Brian Ahakuelo.
"They should get more than their underlings" says former Police Chief Lee Donohue, a member of the Commission. "We look at other departments, what they pay their chiefs. With all that put together, it's fair."
You can give feedback on these recommended raises at the Honolulu Salary Commission's next meeting April 16th.
Mayor Caldwell says he has not tried to influence their decision, but that "There are quality people taking pay cuts to come here. A little bit more increase can help attract the kind of people to really move the needle."