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UConn To Review Pay, Raises For Top Officials

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Gulley Hall (UConn Today/Peter Nirebys)

Gulley Hall (UConn Today/Peter Nirebys)

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) – University of Connecticut trustees are launching a review of top officials’ salaries after criticism over the paychecks of its top police brass.

The board voted unanimously Wednesday to create a committee to compare UConn non-faculty employees’ compensation against similar jobs elsewhere. It will also recommend ways to make the process of granting raises more transparent.

The decision followed criticism that salaries for UConn Police Chief Robert Hudd and Maj. Ronald Blicher were higher than those of many big-city chiefs.

Hudd received $247,000 last year and Blicher received $193,600. UConn officials have said both received large raises last year when their responsibilities increased after the UConn Health Center chief’s job was eliminated.

The Hartford Courant first reported the pay controversy earlier this month, citing public records compiled by the Yankee Institute.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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