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Commish Staff Raises Cause Stink

Item: Commissioners defend raises: County elected officials' letter questioned pay hikes of 7 to 17 percent/Alecia Warren, CdA Press

More Info: Despite criticism from other Kootenai County elected officials, the county commissioners say they are justified in some recent employee raises. “I was disappointed, because they misstated some facts,” said Commissioner Dan Green. Pay increases the commissioners gave to four of their department employees this year were questioned in a May memo signed by county elected officials, including the treasurer, assessor, coroner, clerk, sheriff and prosecutor.

Question: Are the county commissioners being hypocritical in giving raises to their own staff when they've cut positions elsewhere?

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