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Administrator pick drops out over salary dispute

ESCANABA — After its chosen candidate for the position of Delta County administrator declined a salary offer, the Delta County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight to decide how it should move forward.

The board chose Michael Silverman of Caro, Mich., to serve as Delta County’s next administrator last week. In a Nov. 1 meeting of the county’s finance committee, interim County Administrator Tom Sabor was directed to offer Silverman a salary of $89,000 with a ceiling of $90,000. Silverman made a counteroffer of $98,000.

During a board meeting Tuesday, members of the Delta County Board of Commissioners agreed to offer Silverman a starting salary of $92,000. This would have increased by $3,000 after Silverman reached the three-month and six-month marks in the position of county administrator.

Sabor approached Silverman with the new offer after Tuesday’s meeting.

“He’s declined the board’s offer and has withdrawn his name,” Sabor told the Daily Press Wednesday.

Because of this, the Delta County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. today at the Delta County Courthouse.

“We’re going to discuss the next steps,” Sabor said regarding the purpose of the meeting.

He noted some possibilities include re-opening the search for county administrator candidates and re-interviewing existing candidates for the position.

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