Private company's exist to make profits off of goods and services they sell.
Political figures spend money they arbitrarily collect through taxation.
Coudriet is given a set amount of money to spend based upon taxes that come into their coffers under a penalty of law for not paying. Company's can lose clients tomorrow and have NO INCOME from that point forward.
Coudriet's job, although stressful is far less stressful than a CEO of a small energy company. Yes it's high profile because he's a public figure, supported by public tax dollars. He knew this going into the position. There is NO COMPARISON to the private sector.
As for the retirement system. Yes he contributes 6% as does the government with their contribution. But that defined pension is guaranteed by the taxpayers. That CEO's 401K is not guaranteed by anyone.
Coudriet is an over paid blunderbuss in charge of a bloated county government system that could almost run itself. Given the geographical size of NHC and the number of employees Coudriet's salary should be capped at a much smaller rate and the subsequent pension costs would go down, albeit slightly. His salary and his raise are both outrageous and undeserved.
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