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.