County Manager Who Got Controversial Raise Leaving Martin County

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

A county manager who last month received a controversial $30,000 raise is leaving Martin County to become Carteret County's manager next month. No exact date has been set for his departure, but Russell Overman says he told the board of commissioners he will stay long enough to get them through the budget approval process. He accepted the job with Carteret County Monday night and informed the Martin County board Tuesday.

Overman says he was looking for other employment only because he wanted a pay raise. That's when Martin County offered his salary of $113, 913. He will make an additional $16,087 with his new $130,000 annual salary in Carteret County

Last month county commissioners increased Overman's salary from $83,913 to $113,913 a year after they got wind he was interviewing at other places. They gave him the raise in an attempt to keep him in Martin County. Hundreds of people commented on about the raise. Some said he deserved it. Others said he didn't or that it was a bad idea in hard economic times.

Overman has been Martin County manager for six and a half years and did not receive a pay raise several of those years. Overman says Martin County has been a great place to work and he and his family have enjoyed living there.

The Martin County Board of Commissioners will meet at 5:00pm Friday to discuss who will replace Overman. The meeting is open to the public, and then the board will go into closed session for a final discussion.

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