Hawaii County salary commission considers raises

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The number of Hawaii County administrators who would receive pay raises has been cut by about half under a new plan before the county's Salary Commission.

The plan would provide raises for 13 department heads and deputies rather than 25 as previously proposed.

The raises would range between 9 and 13.5%.

Commission Vice Chairwoman Pudding Lassiter said the goal of the new proposal was to eliminate pay inversion, in which a subordinate makes more than a department head.

For example, a subordinate of the Hawaii County police chief currently makes more than he does.

Under the plan, the police and fire chiefs would make more than $127,000 while their deputy chiefs would make just over $124,000.

The plan was introduced at the commission's Wednesday meeting.

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