09 - 06 - 2013 Row officer salary cut idea not entertained by nearby counties
[DI] — Neighboring government leaders won’t be following Northumberland Co.’s lead in cutting the salaries of elected row officers to save money, and in fact have already approved raises ranging from 2% to 3.5% over the next few years. Snyder County Commissioner Peggy Chamberlain Roup said, “I place much higher value on the knowledge, commitment and hard work of our public servants. If an elected official is not performing, it’s up to the voters to determine whether to reelect them,” thus nixing the idea of proposing a pay cut similar to the 42% - 48% reduction Northumberland Co. approved Wednesday for commissioner and nearly all row officer salaries in their next election cycle. “The burden of the county’s liabilities shouldn’t rest on the employees. It’s wrong.” Only the Northumberland County controller salary was spared from being pared. Commissioners in Snyder, Union and Montour say they won’t entertain the idea.