MALONE - After much dispute, Franklin County legislators agreed to give county Emergency Preparedness Director Ricky Provost an 11.5 percent raise Thursday.
Provost became the director about three years ago after the director at the time retired. Provost had agreed to come on at the same salary as his predecessor as long as he got a raise after some time, county Legislator Paul Maroun told the Enterprise.
His salary will increase to $55,000 a year, from about $47,000 or $48,000, Maroun said.
Maroun said there was a significant amount of discussion on the topic in an executive session. In the end, two legislators voted against the raise - Guy "Tim" Smith, D-Fort Covington, and board Chairman Gordon Crossman, D-Malone.
Maroun said Legislator Marc "Tim" Lashomb told the other board members that he looked into it and found that people in comparable positions in the surrounding counties make $60,000 to $70,000 a year or more.