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Commission proposes 4 percent raises for mayor and city officials

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 10:37 a.m. HST, Apr 01, 2013


Pay raises of 4 percent for Mayor Kirk Caldwell, City Council members and most city department heads and their deputies were tentatively approved by the Honolulu Salary Commission today.

The police chief and his deputies would receive 5.5 percent increases in an effort by the commission to ensure their pay would stay commensurately higher than their top assistants.

The proposals will go to a public hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on April 16 before the commission takes a final vote.

If approved, they would then go to the City Council, which can vote to approve or reject each recommendation, but cannot tinker with the numbers.

Currently, the mayor's annual salary is $136,428 while the prosecuting attorney makes $129,312. City Council members make $52,446 with the Council chairman making $58,596.

Most department heads now make $121,894 and their deputies $115,677. 

The police chief makes $143,729 and his deputies $137,082. 

City attorneys in the corporation counsel's office currently make between $55,000 and $121,894 depending on experience. Deputy prosecutors make between $43,248 and $120,072. All would also receive 4 percent raises under the proposal approved tentatively today by the Salary Commission.







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CriticalReader wrote:
Now I bet they all wish they took those jobs with UH.
on April 1,2013 | 10:21AM
ROBT wrote:
Raises for these folkies should be tied to minimum wage, and since that almost never goes up their pay should do the same!
on April 1,2013 | 10:25AM
Grimbold wrote:
The Honolulu salary commission members know, the more raises they approve will increase the chance to get raises themselves. 4% means 4% higher taxes, means 4% inflation, means 4% theft from savers.
on April 1,2013 | 12:52PM
kainalu wrote:
Considering the job they're doing, they should all be wearing masks while the rob us.
on April 1,2013 | 01:21PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Donna's saying, "Cripes, Kirk, that won't even pay my beer budget. Good thing I pull down a cool million."
on April 1,2013 | 10:27AM
MWF3 wrote:
After this raise, I bet the City Council is gonnal look into to getting more taxes out of people.
on April 1,2013 | 10:43AM
sluggah wrote:
Ya think????
on April 1,2013 | 10:52AM
Fred01 wrote:
Already doing that. Thanks to the losers who keep electing these jokers.
on April 1,2013 | 12:32PM
IAmSane wrote:
The city has a sizable surplus from the last two years, no? I guess this is where part of that is going.
on April 1,2013 | 01:53PM
what wrote:
Bend over Hawaii, you're nothing but an ATM for politicians who can vote themselves a pay raise.
on April 2,2013 | 02:33AM
sologranny wrote:
they already are!
on April 2,2013 | 08:06AM
jasryn wrote:
Not bad! Three months on the job warrants a pay raise????
on April 1,2013 | 10:44AM
sluggah wrote:
Incompetence is it's own reward.
on April 1,2013 | 10:52AM
Shawn211 wrote:
Its just so ironic that the City & County complain that theres no money to restore programs, bus routes etc but they find the money to give themselves raises??? What's wrong with this picture?
on April 1,2013 | 10:57AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Let the Pajama Tea Party weep. Cry,cry,yet take government entitlement.
on April 1,2013 | 01:50PM
808comp wrote:
You guys on Oahu is getting rip. Pretty soon that will spread to the outer islands.
on April 1,2013 | 11:09AM
Spikette wrote:
Already did on Maui. No raises for county employees but raises for mayor and his department heads and deputies.
on April 1,2013 | 01:25PM
dlum003 wrote:
"Mayor" Caldwell, you'd better be prepared to answer the question, "Where do you get your nerve to accept a raise?" when I see you on the street. Be ready! " ... to stay commensurately higher than their top assistants" is a pretty damned weak rationale to further rob taxpayers. Why not lower salaries for the rank and file if the goal is maintaining a margin?
on April 1,2013 | 11:21AM
control wrote:
Not all agencies have a director yet. Maybe the mayor should do his job first before talking raises for people who are brand new to the job and unproven in their qualifications. And oh yeah, what about employees who had furloughs and numerous wage cuts?
on April 1,2013 | 11:21AM
Siege wrote:
No pay raise for any of these positions. No money for this, no money for that, but hey, pay raise, sure, we have the money! Come on...start working for the people of Hawaii!!!
on April 1,2013 | 11:48AM
paintslinger wrote:
You've got to be joking. The roads are falling apart, the schools are in need of repair, just to mention a few little items...for these officials to expect a raise is simply nonsense. Money should be tethered to performance and thus far its been less than stellar.
on April 1,2013 | 11:49AM
localguy wrote:
There should be no pay raise until the Nei's economy has fully recovered, all the backlog financial issues taken care of, then, and only if there is funding available, should it be paid. And not at 4%, maybe 2%, that is more than enough. Also, we need to wean our bureaucrats from the failing pension system and into a Roth 401k IRA to further protect taxpayers from future increases. While they may whine, the individual Roth IRA account would be immune from bureaucrat fund raiding. Sad to say our elected bureaucrats haven't got a clue what selfless service is, to put the needs of other ahead of yours. All they want is more and more of taxpayer's money. Give us a break.
on April 1,2013 | 12:08PM
BRock wrote:
The fact is that if you want good people you have to pay them enough so the job attracts the best. So many foolish people just cannot understand this simple concept.
on April 1,2013 | 12:29PM
nitpikker wrote:
so, brock, you're saying these people are the BEST??!!
on April 1,2013 | 12:38PM
nitpikker wrote:
i shudder to see the SECOND BEST!!
on April 1,2013 | 12:40PM
Kawipoo wrote:
When you are at the bottom like Brock everything looks like the best.
on April 1,2013 | 04:21PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I think brock means this is the best we can afford.
on April 1,2013 | 04:37PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Apparently the difference between what we got now and "the best" is about $450/month per person. Wow. Who knew such quality was so cheap. By all means let's dump the incumbents and get the best. Who are they?
on April 1,2013 | 01:57PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
BRock wrote: "The fact is that if you want good people you have to pay them enough so the job attracts the best. So many foolish people just cannot understand this simple concept."

Here's a simple concept for you.

Mayor Caldwell's political backers and the Super PAC known as PRP spent more on TV ads than the Mayor's salary over the next EIGHT years. Why would they do that?

The Caldwell campaign spent far more that 4 years of the Mayor's salary on campaigning for the job. Did it occur to you that real financial payoff has NOTHING to do with the salary?


on April 1,2013 | 05:36PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The Mayor's wife brings in close to $1 million/year. Does anyone think the paltry $140k is anything other than beer money? What counts is power, baybee.
on April 1,2013 | 05:43PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
We never get the "best", we get whoever the Mayor decides to appoint in most cases. Those choices are always based on relationships with the right people, not skill or ability. Most of these people take the position for power or influence, not money.
on April 1,2013 | 07:26PM
zionjake wrote:
Is this an April Fools joke?
on April 1,2013 | 12:30PM
BonDancr wrote:
For now just take it out of the choo choo train funds.
on April 1,2013 | 12:38PM
realist3463 wrote:
I bet no City attorney in the corporation counsel's office currently makes $55,000 and more likely far closer to $121,894 experience being immaterial. The same goes for the Deputy prosecutors. No elected official should receive a pay raise during the period they occupy the office they were elected to hold by the public. There should be no deputy positions in any department, no secretaries, no assistants. The Government in the City and County of Honolulu is far too large and based on the performance to date appears to be a work fare program for the chronically incompetent. NO PAY RAISES PERIOD.
on April 1,2013 | 12:58PM
AkiKoa wrote:
You are 100% WRONG
on April 1,2013 | 01:29PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Anyone who goes to college for 7 years, earns a law degree and passes the bar only to accept 43K a year to prosecute bad guys is probably not worth even that. I think our Bus drivers make more.
on April 1,2013 | 07:35PM
bikemom wrote:
Would you be saying that if you had to be defended by one of these people? Not all defendants are guilty.
on April 1,2013 | 08:57PM
96706 wrote:
Reinstate the 5% to the rank and file FIRST!
on April 1,2013 | 01:09PM
blackmurano wrote:
The State of Hawaii has the worst "roads" in the nation. They can use that 4 percent raise (whatever the amount is) and direct it to repairing our roads. The mayor and other officials do not deserved a raise at a time when we are being ask to shell more money for the road. Those on the commision that decides on raises should all be fired!! These people on that committe time and time again have proposed outrages raises for government employeees. Guess who will foot the bill? The over-tax citizen in this State. No raises at all!!
on April 1,2013 | 01:12PM
readergirl wrote:
So okay now let's see what Council member Anne Kobayashi has to say about this, she has been saying there is no money for roads, etc etc., didn't like the Mayor's idea of the gas tax, but acknowledged we need to get money from somewhere, so where is all the money for their raises coming from? How about Ikaikia Anderson - not saying anything about the raises, huh? Really with the economy, lots of people haven't received raises. I just can't believe these politicians, they should be fired. Along with the Salary Commission guy.
on April 1,2013 | 01:24PM
bikemom wrote:
Councilmembers did not take the recommended salary increase recommended last year or the prior year. (I don't know about 2010.)
on April 1,2013 | 09:14PM
808behappy wrote:
Too funny
on April 1,2013 | 01:24PM
scooters wrote:
Well if the teachers can get a sweet heart deal, why not the rest of the cities leaders..
on April 1,2013 | 01:27PM
readergirl wrote:
Because the teachers are actually trying to help and teach our children, well the ones who want to be taught and not just there for babysitting, but the City's leaders....really......
on April 1,2013 | 01:38PM
gari wrote:
What a message give them furghlough instead .the whole economy needs to adjust
on April 1,2013 | 03:47PM
iwanaknow wrote:
More better if everyone in office took a 5% pay cut to show they are willing to sacrifice for the good of all.
on April 1,2013 | 04:06PM
Bdpapa wrote:
What bothers me is, we are coming thru some of the toughest financial times in history. A little glimmer of hope comes and "Boom" they all get raises. Couldn't they just wait for another year?
on April 1,2013 | 04:39PM
FluidMotion wrote:
Raises for everyone! After all, we have unlimited funds, and if we run short... just propose another tax and/or fee increase to pay for it!
on April 1,2013 | 04:41PM
Allenk wrote:
Since they want to tie teacher salaries to student performance, why can't we tie their performance to their salaries too. Salary deductions based on loss of revenue due to poor judgment, mismanagement, cronyism and misappropriation of funds.
on April 1,2013 | 05:14PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
That's a great idea!
on April 1,2013 | 05:38PM
poidragon wrote:
Is the city salary commission, just stupid or completely corrupt? Caldwell was just elected to the Mayors office and now they are recommending a 4% salary increase? What the hell for, the man has not done the job he was elected to do as yet, the city roads are in terrible shape, the transit rail project that he continues to spearhead is 'over budget' and the city's half percent tax fund for transit rail is underfunded, and the city hired towing company is still cheating it's 'captive clients' and the idiots on the salary commission want to give him a 4% raise? The Mayor is already the highest salaried employee in the State of Hawaii, making more than the governor does, time to fire the fools on the salary commission and then pass legislation that ties city salaries to job performance and hold them accountable for their costly mistakes!
on April 1,2013 | 05:27PM
wobegone wrote:
What about all the city employees who make more than the mayor and their department heads--how did that happen? Should have joined all my high school friends who went into a govt job--this private business life is not paying out!
on April 1,2013 | 05:46PM
usahwn wrote:
No mo money to patch roads cuz I have to pay myself first .
on April 1,2013 | 08:48PM
toomuchpilikia wrote:
It's for the money, about the money, and nothing but the money, so help ME God!
on April 2,2013 | 04:30AM
sologranny wrote:
Not fair for legislators or mayor to get an increase without considering the working people with small wages that still have to pay high gas prices to get to work (plus consider the impending future 5cent per gallon with current 19.5 cents). How do the parents and children survive with rent, food etc. for their families? The Legislators and Mayor Caldwell, you have the nerve to even consider a raise while the workers are on furlough or direct leave without pay are earning about about 3/4 of your salary that you work for 4 months a year.Remember when you want our votes and who had to suffer!!
on April 2,2013 | 09:37AM
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