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September 24th, 2003
Excuse me, what?

So there’s been quite a flap in Portland about the county commissioners and the library. The chairwoman of the library offered a salary of $138,000 to a candidate, who heads Washinton DC’s public library system. That, in my opinion is a ridiculous sum of money. The county commissioners approved her appointment at $120,000 a year, which I still think is too much.

Consider this (according to an Oregonian article): Raphael, the candidate, is going to retire from the DC system before coming to Portland, thus drawing a pension. How much? $98,600 a year. This woman is going to get almost a hundred thousand dollars a year from her pension alone. With her salary, she’ll be making well over $200,000 a year. Gee, isn’t that enough money Molly? Surely you can manage on a $120,000 a year salary, what with your pension and all. After all, lots of other county departments have had to stave off pay increases or make staffing cuts. We all have to make sacrifices.

Posted by Claire at 10:30 AM | Portland | Comments (4) | Tweet This Post

4 Responses to “Excuse me, what?”

  1. alan says:

    Sure, maybe the salary seems high, but then it shouldn’t have been offered IN WRITING. The three whiny county commissioners look foolish and are setting the county up for a much bigger lawsuit than the couple ten thousand it will cost per year on a multi-million dollar budget. It’s not the incoming director’s fault she was offered that much!

  2. Claire says:

    Yeah, it’s stupid of them to have made a fuss after the fact. But the point is that the director should be HAPPY to take what she’s offered, if she really wants the job. It’s not like she needs the extra $18,000.

  3. Allie says:

    Agreed. Right now I am going to school but trying to find a job is getting harder and harder. I’d jump at minimum wage right now. She’s being a little ungrateful.

  4. alan says:

    She’s not being ungrateful. As far as I know, she hasn’t said a word about it.

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