By DAVID PATCH
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority President James Hartung got a 3.5 percent raise from his board of directors yesterday, but several local leaders urged him to give it back.
Port directors who led the vote to increase the president’s salary from $172,140 to $178,165 said his leadership and the port’s recent performance justify the increase. But Lucas County commissioners said that’s trumped by the weak regional economy.
“These are tough times, and everywhere we turn, people are hurting,” said Tina Skeldon Wozniak, president of the Lucas County commissioners.
She and fellow commissioner Pete Gerken said they plan to forgo statutory raises this year and said Mr. Hartung should follow suit. Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner also urged the port president to refuse the raise.
Mr. Hartung said that if he were to consider forgoing the raise, he would have to consult “a higher authority” — his wife and family.