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I am not one to comment. However, I think we need to clarify some items. First, if we as citizens want a well-run county we need great staff. The pay must be competitive with the private sector or else the county will not retain the most qualified individuals. Think about being a manager. He/she is in charge of 1,500+ employees and hundreds of millions of dollars. I don't know about you, but I want the smartest people managing it all (they expect compensation... look at what a CEO of a similar sized operation makes). If you compare the salaries of other County Managers from across the state, you will see New Hanover is in line with other larger counties. 2012 data is from the UNC School of Government.

County Manager Salary
Brunswick - 175,000
Catawba - 203,000
Cumberland - 198,000
Durham - 197,000
Dare - 239,000
Guilford - 183,000
Mecklenburg - 246,000
Wake - 229,000
Wayne - 220,000


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