Tempers flare as Hillsborough Commission discusses executive pay raises

06/18/09 Mitch E. Perry
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A week after it was reported that some of Hillsborough County Administrator Pat Bean’s top assistants received raises, the issue was revisited again today by County Commissioner Kevin Beckner.

Saying he wanted to control his anger, the freshman lawmaker said he needed more understanding about why such an issue happened at a time when Commissioners are dealing with a deficit of more than $100 million that could lead to more than 500 employees being laid off.

Beckner called for an independent analysis of executive pay raises since 2000 and a scope comparison with comparable counties on how they give raises to their executives.

But before the Board could begin to discuss the specifics of what he is proposing, Commissioner Rose Ferlita said she did not appreciate being considered a lawmaker who does not want to discuss issues in the sunshine.

Beckner apologized several times to Ferlita and other board members, but said he realizes talking about the salaries of co-workers could be an uncomfortable topic of discussion.

The Board then voted 7-0 to approve Beckner’s motion to have an independent analysis on executive pay in County government.

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