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Pay raises debated between Youngstown and Mahoning County prosecutors

Published: Fri, February 4, 2011 @ 5:30 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — City Prosecutor Jay Macejko may be challenging Paul J. Gains in next year’s Democratic primary for the county prosecutor’s job.

Although he hasn’t declared his candidacy, Macejko said he is considering running for that job and that, if he runs, it will be in the Democratic primary.

Gains, was has been county prosecutor since 1997, said he will run for a fifth four-year term as county prosecutor next year.

In a news conference this afternoon in front of the county jail, Macejko characterized Gains’ granting of raises to his assistant prosecutors in a prepared statement as “fiscal irresponsibility in these precarious economic times.”

He urged Gains to: “Do the right thing and rescind the raises.”

After Macejko’s outdoor event, Gains replied in his own news conference this afternoon in his office.

“Even with these increases [in pay], I have chosen not to fill 10 vacant attorney positions and I have not filled 14 support staff positions,” Gains said. “No money is coming out of any other department to pay these lawyers. We are doing more with less.”

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