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RALEIGH – While Cleveland County officials froze salaries for local government employees in early 2009 as a cost-saving measure, the county continued to give its county manager five-figure annual bonuses.

Beginning in 2008, County Manager David Dear received four one-time bonuses of $10,068 in an effort by county commissioners to dissuade him from retirement and as a reward for attracting new economic development to Cleveland County, County Commission Chairman Johnny Hutchins said.

Check out the entire story at Carolina Journal Online.

You can also see the minutes of the Commissioners’ meeting where one of these events took place:

Chairwoman Boggs reconvened in regular session. Commissioners commended Mr. Dear for his outstanding performance.

ACTION: Eddie Holbrook made the motion, which was seconded by Mary Accor and unanimously adopted by the board to, in addition to his regular vacation time, add twelve hours per month to his vacation time effective today and in January 2012 give County Manager David Dear a 7.2% salary increase through the end of 2012.


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