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Clark County prosecutors get 1.5% pay hikes

Clark County commissioners on Tuesday approved 1.5 percent pay raises for prosecutors and investigators in the district attorney’s office.

Commissioners voted 5-0 on the cost-of-living increases, which come through two separate agreements with the unions representing those employees. Additionally, investigators will get a 2 percent increase that starts in July 2015.

The 1.5 percent raises are effective for both employee groups during this fiscal year, which started July 1.

The increase for prosecutors will cost $325,266, with the raises going to 148 staff represented by the Clark County Prosecutors Association. That’s an average annual salary increase of $2,198. The raises were negotiated through a provision in the contract in which the parties bargain only on salary, not any other items.

The cost of both raises for investigators is $97,331, impacting 23 staff represented by the Clark County District Attorney Investigators Association.

Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said the agreements are reasonable for the county and the employees.

“I thought it was a fair contract,” County Manager Don Burnette said.

Union officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

Investigators with the public defender’s office are represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 1107, which hasn’t yet reached a new contract with the county.

The county is waiting for an arbitrator’s decision for contract terms with SEIU employees who work at University Medical Center.

For SEIU-affiliated county employees who don’t work at UMC, the county is moving forward with arbitration, but hasn’t had hearings yet before an arbitrator.

Public defender attorneys are management employees, who were eligible for raises of varying levels of up to 3 percent in December 2013.

The 1.5 percent increase for prosecutors and investigators in the district attorney’s office mirrors the raise that the county approved for firefighters in July.

Commissioners Larry Brown and Tom Collins were absent.

Contact Ben Botkin at bbotkin@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2904. Find him on Twitter: @BenBotkin1.

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