Deputy prosecutor’s pay claim with county settled

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DAYTON — Columbia County paid $3,668.62 to settle a claim with Deputy Prosecutor Julie Karl over her compensation.

The settlement was signed by County Commissioners on Feb. 5, 2014, and released Wednesday after the Union-Bulletin requested the information.

Commissioner Mike Talbott said the issue arose over an error in the Columbia County budget which listed Karl’s salary incorrectly by saying she would be paid more than the amount of her pay grade.

Karl discussed the issue with commissioners at their regular meeting on Nov. 20, 2013, where she said she had received $41,200 in pay for each year 2010-12 when the budget listed a salary of $42,000. She requested a lump sum of $3,500 at that meeting.

Talbott said the settlement amount was higher because the salary discrepancy had gone on longer by the time the issue was resolved.

Talbott said the county felt it was right about the lower salary, but wanted to avoid spending money on legal fees and having the issue drag out.

“She’s a good employee so we wanted to do what’s right,” he said.

According to the terms of the settlement, Karl will be paid within 14 days of the agreement’s effective date, which was Feb. 12. Karl was given a new job title for 2014 and a raise to $44,566 to reflect the fact that she passed the state bar exam and is now an attorney.

Rachel Alexander can be reached at rachelalexander@wwub.com or 509-526-8363.

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