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Boulder DA Stan Garnett: AG, Sec. of State Should Get Pay Raise


State elected officials should get more money, Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett wrote Friday in an opinion piece in the Denver Post.

Attorney General John Suthers manages a $50 million and hundreds of employees, yet makes $80,000 — tens of thousands less than a first-year attorney makes at a large Denver law firm, Garnett wrote. [See the 2008 Law Week study showing Suthers made less than 103 of his employees.]

A pay hike would allow the non-wealthy to seek office, guard against corruption, and ensure elected officials give 100 percent of their professional energy to the public.

Garnett noted that his own pay as DA is adequate; state law mandates a minimum $120,000 salary for DAs.