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Wade asked for a salary cut

November 23, 1998

In April, Washington County Commissioner James R. Wade quietly requested a 25 percent salary reduction since he had been missing at least 25 percent of the county meetings due to time constraints from a new job.

Wade said he asked County Administrator Rodney Shoop to make the change but he did not mention it at any meetings or tell the media.

Wade's annual salary was changed from $20,000 to $15,000, Human Resources Director Alan Davis said.

Wade said he believed if he could not attend all of the meetings then he should not receive the full salary, Wade said.

"I just think it was the right thing to do," Wade said.

"It was admirable of him to take that step," Shoop said.

When Wade was elected commissioner in 1994 he owned a liquor store off of Sharpsburg Pike. However, he sold that business in November 1997.

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During the last six months he has tried to attend at least 50 percent of the meetings and usually succeeds in attending about 75 percent of the meetings, he said.

The new commissioners are sworn in on Dec. 1.

- Scott Butki

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