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Pay raise for newly elected Eddy County officials

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CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Eddy County officials have approved a 15-percent pay raise for newly elected county officials.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the salary increase won’t take effect until January 2015 and doesn’t apply to officials now in office.

The pay raise came about because of a legislative bill that lets counties increase the salaries up to 15 percent for upcoming officials and placed a higher cap on salaries for sheriffs, tax assessors, judges, county clerks and treasurers.

Eddy County’s newly elected county commissioners will earn close to $4,000 more than current commissioners, whose salaries will remain at more than $22,000.

The county’s highest paid government position is sheriff, a post that current carries a salary of $59,698 but will go up to $68,654 for the next sheriff.

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