Honolulu Salary Commission says no raises for top officials

HONOLULU — A group within the Honolulu Salary Commission has recommended that Mayor Rick Blangiardi, City Council members and other top officials receive no salary increases this year, a report said.

The Honolulu Salary Commission is responsible for setting the salaries of top officials, including the mayor and deputy department directors.

The Permitted Interaction Group, which consists of three commissioners, was asked to analyze the consumer price index and historical salary adjustments to make a recommendation on any potential changes, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

“It is the 2021 PIG’s recommendation that no salary increases be granted to any appointee whose salary is determined by the salary commission effective July 1, 2021,” member David Hayakawa told the full commission Friday.

The commission is now expected to hold a public hearing on adjusting salaries in March.

The group made the recommendation to keep the salaries the same because of slow-moving negotiations between public workers and city and state government over collective bargaining agreements set to expire June 30, Hayakawa said.

The commission is considering a 3% salary increase for officials whose salaries are controlled by the commission. None of those officials received raises in 2020.

The mayor’s position last received a 3.5% salary increase in 2019, bringing the current salary to $186,432. The highest-paid position, controlled by the commission, is the city medical examiner at $310,200 a year.

A financial disclosure statement by Blangiardi showed he retired from Gray Media, where he earned between $200,000 and $300,000, to run for mayor in 2020. He listed no other income for himself and between $25,000 and $49,999 in rental income for his spouse.

1 Comments
  1. I saw a Vampire once March 1, 2021 7:43 pm Reply

    It’s a central budgeting. CIP. The members of the county or city councilmembers who are new and not heard of yet, or any time were heard of, do not count on the salary statement. CIP. In fact, not even donations. I’m guessing stupid pay if you’re the bottom of the pole. And you can bet the true business owners will be keeping an eye on it too. Where there money is going. No extra funds to them. Big deal on there meetings. And they make it known too.


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