Maui wages commission postpones vote on new MPD leader’s raise request

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Maui wage commissioners are delaying their vote on a proposed raise for the county’s new police chief.

Maui Police Chief John Pelletier currently earns about $158,000 a year, which is far less than many of his subordinates.

The county police commission wants to raise his annual salary to $205,0000, a 29% increase. But Pelletier has only been in office for less than two months.

On Friday, the Wage Commission held a meeting open to public testimony.

“You, Salary Commission, you have to remember that the money you give is taxpayers’ money. Our taxpayers’ money goes to this gentleman. And if the gentleman who’s our boss now doesn’t like it, he can go back to Vegas,” said Pat Borge, who opposed the proposed raise.

Others came out in favor of the salary increase.

“Our administrators are seriously underpaid. I will give you an example of myself. I was a sergeant with the Maui Police Department, and eight years ago I was making $172,000. So eight years ago I was making more than the chief of police,” said Jamie Becraft, a retired Maui police sergeant.

After hearing extensive testimony, the commissioners said they needed more time to make a decision.

Their next meeting is scheduled for February 25.

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