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Big Island battalion chiefs sue county over compensation

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County is being sued by 14 current and former battalion chiefs who say their pay and benefits packages are not keeping pace with counterparts and subordinates covered by a labor agreement.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald, a Hilo newspaper, reports the lawsuit maintains that the highest-paid captains earn more money than some battalion chiefs.

Captain is the highest rank covered under the contract between the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association and the county. Battalion chiefs, a managerial position excluded from collective-bargaining, are one rank above captain.

The lawsuit was filed in Hilo Circuit Court March 31.

Deputy Corporation Counsel Steve Strauss says the county does not believe there is any evidence showing captains "receive any particular pay or benefits over and above the competition that's made available to the battalion chiefs."

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