Wardens' raises outpace officers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Corrections records show six wardens at Wisconsin prisons got raises of between 8 percent and 13 percent beginning this week, while the officers who work for them received a 1 percent pay hike.

In addition, a deputy warden promoted to warden got a 26 percent pay raise. The State Journal reports the seven, along with an eighth warden, are part of a leadership shuffle at Wisconsin's correctional institutions.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Joy Staab says the salaries of wardens and deputy wardens in Wisconsin has been significantly lower than similar executive positions in state government. All eight wardens are paid nearly $100,000 a year.

Wisconsin Association for Correctional Law Enforcement union president Brian Cunningham says that even with a 1 percent raise, take-home pay has decreased for officers because of rising premiums for health insurance and pension.

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