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Mayor Reed speaks out against Water Management raises

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The Atlanta Department of Watershed Management is coming under fire over recent pay raises for its high ranking staff members.

A $15,000 raise was recently given to the security chief even though over a million dollars of equipment disappeared under his watch. Other raises include a $15,000 raise for a member of the operations staff and a $26,000 dollar raise to the head of public relations.

Many feel that the Water Management staff is not deserving of these pay bumps arguing that their performance does not reflect the raise. Mayor Kasim Reed is the latest to weigh in on the subject.

In a public statement, the Mayor says that he did not authorize the pay raises and upon learning of them he directed the raises to be reversed.

According to the Mayor, the operations of the Department of Watershed Management are under thorough review by the City of Atlanta's Law Department, the Atlanta Police Department and the City Auditor's Office.

Mayor Reed further stated that he is committed to ensuring taxpayers receive the highest levels of service and that city employees remain good stewards of public money.

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