Waveland's new leaders vote themselves pay raises

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - Less than a week after taking office, the newly elected leaders of Waveland have increased their own pay.

The salary increases come just two months after the last administration voted to cut $600,000 from the city budget. However, those cuts have yet to be implemented.

At a meeting Monday night, the Board of Alderman approved motions to increase the salary for Mayor David Garcia from $60,000 to $72,000. As fire chief, Garcia was paid $63,383 a year.

Members of the Board of Aldermen voted themselves a $1,200 pay hike. The board voted not to increase the salary for City Clerk Lisa Blanchard.

According to Waveland's city charter, the board must set the salaries for the mayor, board and city clerk at the first meeting of the new administration. Those salaries are set for the next four years.

Monday night's meeting was a continuation of the December 9th meeting which recessed without the board voting on the salary measures.

In September, the Board of Alderman voted to cut $600,000 from the city budget. Those cuts included slashing $150,000 from the fire department, $177,000 from the police department and $140,000 from the city operating budget, but they didn't implement the cuts.

The new mayor and the new board must revisit the budget and figure out whether to enact the cuts to keep the budget on track.

Al Showers is following this story and will bring us reaction to the pay hikes later on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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