NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Anyone serving on the Lawrence County Elections Board who wants to be paid will get $5.15 per hour.
The county salary board set the rate at Tuesday's meeting for all appointed members who do not hold elected office. Officeholders aren't paid for serving on the board.
The measure was in response to a lawsuit filed by former county Commissioner Tom Fee who is seeking $943.73 from the county for 61 hours' work and 21 trips to the Lawrence County Government Center as part of duties on the county elections board in 2001.
Fee, along with Luanne Parkonen, a county law clerk, and Philip Boudewyns, the court administrator, were appointed to the board by Common Pleas Judge Ralph D. Pratt.
Lawrence County commissioners were precluded from being on the board because of a question on the ballot concerning a county government study.
Fee, in court papers, said he and Judge Pratt agreed Fee would be paid $15 an hour and 34.5 cents per mile while serving on the board. Parkonen and Boudewyns have not asked to be paid for serving on the election board.
County salary board members set the new pay rate retroactive to 2001, which would include Fee. Fee could not be reached to determine if he will continue with his lawsuit.