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County officials sue county
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The county has been hit with another lawsuit.This time it’s not from the city of McMinnville, but from county employees themselves.Upset that new county employees with the newly created Financial Management Department are earning far more than workers who have been on their staffs for years, four elected officials have filed a lawsuit against the county.The lawsuit seeks to increase the pay of county employees in four departments. The lawsuit has been filed by Trustee Darlene Bryant, Clerk and Master Myra Mara, Circuit Court Clerk Bernie Morris, and County Court Clerk Lesa Scott.The lawsuit comes after several county employees were hired into the Financial Management Department earning $28,500 a year. This created controversy because the county has several longtime office employees who earn around $20,000.“I have someone who has worked here almost four years and she is only making $18,313.50 per year,” Mara said.The four offices in question filed letters of agreement stating their initial salary requests to Pelham’s office.