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Filner Gave Out Raises Before Resigning

Filner Gave Out Raises Before Resigning

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Bob Filner raised the salary of seven employees in the  San Diego mayor's office before he resigned last month, it was reported today.

The raises totaled $86,000 on an annual basis, according to 10News.

While the mayor's office confirmed the pay increases and subsequent  adjustments by Interim Mayor Todd Gloria to City News Service, names were not  provided.

According to the station, the pay increases were given to Protocol  Officer Molly Chase, Press Secretary Lena Lewis, Binational Affairs Director  Mario Lopez, former Council Liaison Francisco Estrada and three administrative  staffers.

All but Estrada remain employed by the city, but some are in different  roles.

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria told the station that he didn't know what  prompted Filner to hand out the pay increases.

``I respect the right of each administration to determine the value of  its staff members," Gloria said in a statement.

``In the past few weeks, I have  restructured the staff of the Office of the Mayor to better accomplish the work  of the city and to fit within the office budget. The team currently in place  joins me in working tirelessly on behalf of San Diegans, and I appreciate their  service."

Councilman Scott Sherman told the station the circumstances made the  raises ``suspicious.''

Lewis last month received the biggest raise, from $82,500 to $115,000,  10News reported.. The mayor's office said Gloria reset it at $95,000.

Chase's salary went in August from $50,000 a year to $65,000. Gloria  later put her pay at $60,000.

Lopez' salary last month was increased from $70,000 to $85,000, and the  interim mayor returned it to the original level.

The pay of the administrative staffers was increased $5,000 each to  $35,000, which Gloria maintained. They now work in community outreach.

Estrada no longer draws a city salary.

Gloria's office said there may have been others no longer employed by  the city who also received raises. 

 

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