Dozens of Mohave County road department workers are getting raises. Public Works Director Steve Latoski said the pay bump is necessary in ten department jobs that are plagued by high turnover due to inadequate compensation.

A unanimous May 1 vote by the Board of supervisors provides 15% pay raises for some 75 workers in ten different jobs. The county will use $418,000 in Highway User Revenue Funds to cover the cost.

Supervisors, by consensus, believe pay raises are overdue for much of the county workforce. Supervisor Jean Bishop said taking care of the road department employees first, and perhaps groups of other workers going forward, will reduce the number of positions requiring pay hikes when the county is in position to take a more global approach in the compensation arena in the future.