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Honolulu Salary Commission Approves Pay Raises For Top City Officials

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Barring any action by the City Council, most of Honolulu's top officials will get a 3.5% pay raise this year. The city's Salary Commission agreed on the pay hike for positions ranging from the mayor to the deputy fire and police chiefs. 

The increase will give Mayor Kirk Caldwell an annual salary of $182,432. That's an additional $6,000 over his 2018 salary. But his won't be the top salary in the city.

That would go to the city's medical examiner, who will see a pay raise of $10,000 for a total of $310,200 for this year. The deputy medical examiner will receive the most significant raise, percentage wise, at 13.5% -- raising his pay from $239,808 to $273,024.  

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard will see a pay raise of of about $7,000 over last year for a salary of $205,800. Fire Chief Manuel Neves will get a similar dollar raise, but he will have a salary of $199,272.

City councilmembers will also see a pay increases. Their new salaries will be about $69,000.

The raises will take effect on July 1, unless the City Council decides otherwise. If the council wants to reject any of the salaries, three-quarters of the members must agree to overturn the commission's decision.

More information about the Salary Commission's findings of Facts and resolution can be found on its website.

For a full list of the raises, see the commission's April 16 agenda.

Casey Harlow was an HPR reporter and occasionally filled in as local host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
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