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Hancock commissioners approve raise for veterans board members

Hancock County commissioners agreed today to give Hancock County Veteran Services board members a raise.

Board members approached the commissioners last week, asking for a pay hike of $100 per month. The veterans commission has five board members, and each are paid $400 per month.

Commission members said their monthly pay was decreased in 2006, when the county was experiencing money problems. A pay increase was requested in 2010, but was rejected, placing Hancock County’s members at the lower end of the pay scale when compared to counties with similar populations.

The raise would go only to new commission members or those being reappointed, beginning next year. Commission members serve five-year terms. The additional cost to the county budget in the first year would be $1,200.

Commission members include Robert Assigner, representing the American Legion; Charles Fisher, AMVETS; Roger Neff, Disabled American Veterans; Charles Smith, Veterans of Foreign Wars; and Larry Ludlow, Korean War Veterans Association and Military Order of the Purple Heart.

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