By Anna McNeill
Since the Clare County Board of Commissioners left the topic of a raise for the District Court Attorney/Magistrate and Court Administrator, Karen Willing, up for further discussion, Judge Farrell was set to come and present more on why Willing deserved an immediate raise at 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday being the judge’s busiest day, Willing came to fight for the raise she was seeking.
With the Boards okay for her to present her further research into the wages of magistrates from surrounding counties, Isabella and Midland counties, Willing began stating that she was “borderline offended” that she even had to be there asking, again, for the raise.
Willing worked as a Chief Prosecuting Attorney for Clare County back in 2006, but then lost the job and applied to work in Clare County again in 2012 when she saw an opportunity.
“I love working here,” Willing said, “and I believe I am grossly underpaid.”
The commissioners listened to Willing’s presentation and told her that they would further discuss the situation.
After the Board went into closed session with their Attorney, Dave Stoker, they finally came to a decision.
“The board asked that (Willing) incorporate (the raise) into the budget process for 2016,” County Administrator Tracy Byard said via email.