MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Marquette County Board of Commissioners approved a compromise Tuesday night to settle the debate over the salary for the new Director of Court Operations position.
In an advisory capacity, the board passed a motion to approve the compromise reached between the county’s judges and the county board chairman. Under the deal, the court director won’t receive on-call pay and the salary for the position will not be subject to a pay raise for three years.
The board approved the new Director of Court Operations position in April 2016.
Charity Mason, who currently holds the position, reported a total 2016 income of $93,771.84.
Earlier this year, board members said they wanted to know why Mason earned more than the salary of $77,000 they discussed for the position, in addition to health benefits. The county’s attorney says the board’s vote to create the position did not specify a salary. The courts established the higher salary within the department's budget.
Prior to Tuesday, the board had discussed eliminating the position, reducing the salary or reducing county money allocated to the county courts.