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January 6, 2014

Essex County workers get 1 percent more


By state law, district attorneys receive the same salary as the county judge.

Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague said she won’t get an increase to what Judge Richard Meyer makes, however, because he is also an acting State Supreme Court justice and is paid at that higher level.

“I am linked (by salary) to County Court judge, not Supreme Court,” Sprague said by email. “We are on different pay levels. Compared to my colleagues, I am paid less. The state reimbursed the county $66,089 last year for my salary.”

The DA and judge salaries are on the state fiscal year, and those increases don’t take effect until April 1.

These management-confidential salaries are set by board resolution. On Dec. 24, the Press-Republican ran a list of salaries for some Essex County department heads and officials that are set by local law.

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