Friday, June 13, 2008

Commissioner Paul Thiede Talks Politics. . .and Pay

Crow Wing County District 2 Commissioner Paul Thiede's position is not up for election this year, but in a conversation he mentioned some thoughts on politics. . .and pay. He said that our Founding Fathers never intended politicians to get rich on their pay--although our political environment has metamophosed into a climate in which people do pursue politics as a career. Commissioner Thiede enjoys his position, and is very proud of the productiveness of the current Crow Wing County board. He said the pay the board receives is, to the best of his knowledge, not out of line with what other county boards earn. He also noted that because the seats on the board are elected positions, its not uncommon to have people who report to them earn three to four times more than the board members do--and that when you consider they have in excess of 400 people responsible to them it keeps it all in perspective.

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