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Court looking at how money is spent and who is getting paid what. Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:09:31 +0000 Director Court Court looking at how money is spent and who is getting paid what. WLUC new position at the courthouse... director of court operations. they say the position's current salary is well over what they authorized. tv6's harri leigh explains. last april, the marquette county board of commissioners approved the new position with a salary of $77,000, in addition to health benefits. but charity mason, who currently holds the position, reported a total 2016 income of $93,771.84. the board says they want to know why. it's my job as a county commissioner, as well as my colleagues', to be the fiscal watchdogs, and it is our duty to handle the budget. commissioners say they did not authorize retroactive payments mason received, or additional "on call" pay. but the court says they were clear about the raises. the court has been open about the salary connected with the position and the total budget impact that the board approved. i respect their commitment to being responsible with public funds, and we have that responsibility as well in the running the courts and staying under budget. and we have operated within our budget. derocha questions why the director of court operations is earning significantly more than other county positions, like county clerk and county treasurer, whose salaries fall in the low- to-mid 60s. the court says the director of court operations salary is comparable to the same position in other counties, and that it's necessary while marquette county judges take on the responsibilities of retired judge thomas solka. it's a very important job at this point in our transition especially, and looking forward, to try to move toward consolidating some of these things. it's been a very busy time in the court system with kind of rearranging things after the loss of a judge, so it's very important work within the system. several solutions have been voiced, including bringing the salary back down, reducing county funds allocated to the county courts, or eliminating the position altogether. i believe that the judges have the ultimate right to set their budget as they see fit. i also believe that the county commission has its authority to set the budget to the courts as they see fit. the board is awaiting their civil counsel's legal opinion on the situation. that will determine the action they take at their next board meeting on may 2. harri leigh, tv6 news, marquette. two commissioners from the natural resources

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