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Dem lawmaker wants to nullify retroactive pay raise for Capitol police chief

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Democrat says he wants the state Legislature’s audit committee to nullify a retroactive pay raise for Capitol Police Chief David Erwin.

Milwaukee Representative Jon Richards said a $720 retroactive increase violates the Walker administration’s pay plan for state employees.

Retroactive pay hikes are only allowed to correct administrative errors, or when awards are granted in misconduct and appeal cases.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Sunday that Walker’s people went around civil service salary limits for Erwin and Deputy Capitol Police Chief Dan Blackdeer. Both were reportedly placed in phantom jobs for a couple weeks, and then put back into their actual jobs with pay hikes of almost 12 percent for Erwin and nearly 15 percent for Blackdeer.

Erwin’s pay hike totaled almost $11,700 a year, the first $720 being retroactive.

Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis said a mistake was made in posting the Capitol chief’s maximum salary before he was hired. Richards said he doesn’t buy the explanation.

His adjustment pays him just over $111,000 a year, which is what his predecessor Charles Tubbs made. Blackdeer did not get a retroactive hike. His general pay raise gives him $96,000 per year.

Marquis said both took on added duties in boosting security at state office buildings.