CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — Elected officers in a Michigan county gave themselves $65,000 in bonuses with federal reduction cash associated to the coronavirus pandemic.
The cash, described as “hazard pay,” included $25,000 for Jeremy Root, chairman of the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners.
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The largely rural county between Lansing and Flint has a inhabitants of 68,000.
Commissioners — all Republicans — final week voted to award cash to county workers. It ranged from $25,000 for directors to $2,000 for cleansing workers. All employees obtained no less than $1,000.
Commissioners are paid $10,000 a yr for his or her part-time job, plus a stipend for conferences.
Apart from Root, commissioners John Plowman and Brandon Marks every acquired $10,000 in additional money, and the opposite 4 commissioners obtained $5,000 every, MLive.com mentioned.
“I believe that I earned it,” Commissioner Cindy Garber mentioned. “I work actually laborious at this job. I used to be right here in particular person all by means of this loopy yr.”
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Commissioner Marlene Webster mentioned she was “mortified” when cash appeared in her checking account. She mentioned she didn’t know she voted to reward herself.
“I’m giving the cash again,” Webster instructed WILX-TV. “I believe one commissioner is giving it to a nonprofit, so these actions point out that we really didn’t know this cash was coming to us.”
A message in search of remark from Root wasn’t instantly returned Thursday.
Garber mentioned the big cost for Root was justified as a result of he “bears the burden of all emergency orders.”
Stephan Currie, govt director of the Michigan Affiliation of Counties, or MAC, mentioned the group works intently with counties about the way to spend federal virus-related money.
“We aren’t conscious of another counties contemplating funds to elected officers, and MAC has not offered any steering or recommendation to take action. … Selections, nonetheless, finally relaxation with the county’s board of commissioners in every county,” Currie instructed MLive.com.
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