Tuesday, May 05, 2015
NorCo Controller Requests Executive To Suspend Pay Raises For Top Officials
This matter first came to light when Barron disclosed, earlier this year, that Deputy Director of Administration Cathy Allen's salary had gone up a hefty, $8,143 in one year, from $57,460 to $65,603. That's a 19% pay hike. Some of it was labeled a "temporary" increase because Allen had assumed the duties of the vacant HR Director. Similar "temporary" increases were awarded to top officials filling the shoes of two vacant cabinet positions. But once those slots were filled, brown paid these cabinet officials and continued paying the "temporary" increase awarded to other officials.
It is entirely possible that Council could end up agreeing with Brown. But that should be their call, not his.
As Barron explains in his memo to Brown, "Checks and balances over the spending of county funds are essential to build an open and accountable government for the citizens of Northampton County."
Transparency has hardly been a John Brown strength.