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Magistrate pay measure clears W.Va. Senate

Apr. 03, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Just over a dozen West Virginia magistrates and their top staffers could receive pay boosts this year.

The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday readjusting the salary levels for these county officials. The law links their pay to their county’s population. The 2010 Census results moved Lewis, McDowell, Wetzel and Wyoming counties to the lower-paid category.

Wednesday’s bill would shift them back while also hiking magistrate court pay in Barbour and Roane counties.

The Senate measure would benefit 14 magistrates as well as their assistants and clerks and deputy clerks. The state Supreme Court estimates it would increase personnel spending by $240,800 annually.

The measure heads to the House. Earlier this session, delegates narrowly approved a different bill raising pay for 38 magistrates and top court staffers statewide.