Smithfield employee raises rolled back

Smithfield Town Manager Eric Williams

May 13, 2011 10:22:33 AM PDT
The salaries of three top-level Smithfield town employees have been rolled back to 2010 levels amid an investigation into how they got unauthorized raises.

Smithfield Town Manager Eric Williams was placed on administrative leave earlier this month and an interim town manager was appointed this week.

Interim town manager C.L. Gobble "is reviewing all Town compensation policies and procedures," according to a town news release.

According to documents obtained by ABC11, Town Clerk Debra Godwin got a 29 percent raise this fiscal year and Public Works Director Lenny Branch was given a 17 percent hike.

About two dozen other employees saw much smaller salary increases.

Click here to see all the salary changes (.pdf)

The documents show Williams had no cost of living or merit based raises in his budget approved by the Smithfield Town Council.

Contacted by ABC11 earlier this month, Williams said he did not authorize the pay raises and said he encouraged the town council to have an internal audit done to clear his name. He said he had no idea who authorized the raises.

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