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An attempt by Dodson Mayor Richie Broomfield to comply with state law and set salaries of Village Officials fell by a 2-3 vote after a lengthy, complicated and contentious discussion last week. The meeting also was highlighted by previous minutes not being approved because of public comments included in them.

At the heart of the salaries debate was the lowering of the Chief of Police’s salary and what would have been an increase in the salary of the Mayor. The salary of the Councilmen would have remained the same. However, it’s much more complicated than that. Even though state law prohibits a public body from issuing themselves a raise or decrease the salary while in their current term, the same does not apply for appointed town employees. Mayor Broomfield said he brought the ordinance to the Village Council because state law requires any salaries have to be set and passed by Ordinance of the Village. In December, the Dodson Council approved a pay raise for Chief of Police Bob Basso from $2,000 a month to $3,950 a month. That saw the Chief’s annual pay go from $24,000 a year to over $47,000.


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