Maricopa County Audit Manager Salaries Hit $100K, New York Times
3,500-person audit team of more than 500 employees are making more than $100,000 a year, according to new information released by the Maricona County Auditor’s Office.
The office disclosed the salaries of the county auditor’s assistants, a deputy auditor and a manager, as well as the salaries for the state auditor, the public defender and other staff.
Officials said the auditors make between $15,000 and $17,000, with the highest paid earning between $37,000 to $49,000.
While the county has had a vacancy for more than a year with no successor appointed, its auditor, Joe F. Morrell Jr., is being paid more than the average salary for the auditor’s office in Phoenix, according a spokesman.
“The average pay for an auditor is $55,000,” the spokesman said.
Morgantown Mayor Robert P. Smith, who also served as chief auditor of the state, told the newspaper that Morrell is a good man and a hard worker who deserves to be rewarded for his hard work.
“Joe is a very respected man and he deserves his fair share of the benefits of the job,” Smith said.
“I think he deserves it.”
Smith said he does not believe Morrell will get any raises and said he was surprised by the salaries, which are well above average.
Morrell was hired as the county’s auditor in 2007 after spending more than two decades as an auditor in the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
He is now the deputy auditor, deputy public defender, auditor of a county board of supervisors and an audit manager.
At the time, the Arizona Senate approved a $100 million budget for the county, which also includes $30 million for a state audit agency.
Arizona state law prohibits counties from paying higher salaries than the federal average.
Morgentown was not the only county to file a lawsuit against the state of Arizona over the county audit.
In April, a state court in Arizona ordered the state to pay the county $3.5 million in attorney fees, costs and other costs related to the state audit.
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