Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown is defending a $25,000 raise to one of the city's department heads.
(Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown. KFGO file photo)
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown is defending a $25,000 raise to one of the city's department heads.
Some city council members complained that the pay increase for Pete Haga, the Grand Forks community and government relations officer, has been approved without the council knowing about it.
Haga had been making $71,000 prior to the bump in pay. The raise puts Haga on par with other department heads, most of whom earn more than $100,000 a year.
Brown tells the Grand Forks Herald he did the right thing and says Haga "earns every penny of that salary."