Commissioners for whom comparisons were available now are paid between $8,941 and $62,571 more than the average pay of their counterparts in neighboring states. One, Commissioner of Health Susan Cooper, earns less.
The raises announced this week will cost taxpayers nearly $1 million a year.
"I'm outraged," said Richard Merryman of Murfreesboro, a salesman and business owner. "It's one thing to give them a raise, but to rub our noses in it. … I felt like it's crazy. It's insensitive."