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Library Board of Trustees approves salary increase

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett County Public Library Board of Trustees approved a 3 percent salary increase Monday for library employees that was made retroactive to Jan. 5 of this year.

It is the first raise the 300 employees have had since 2008.

The board approved the measure that was discussed at a planning session last month. Executive Director Charles Pace told the board that the raises would cost $348,000 and would be paid by a $250,000 supplemental appropriation from the Gwinnett County Commission and by savings from unfilled positions within the library system.

“We are appreciative of the supplemental appropriation granted to us by the county commission,” Board Chairman Dick Goodman said. “It shows their support for the service that we are providing to the county. And while it is significant, it is slightly short of what will be needed for this salary increase. But we recognize that library positions are in flux and we have some vacancies so we assume that will offset the additional funds that are anticipated.”

“…But we do want to thank our employees,” he added, “for helping us work through this unprecedented crisis.”