Elected officials in a Michigan county gave themselves bonuses with federal relief money related to the coronavirus pandemicByThe Associated PressJuly 22, 2021, 8:11 PM• 3 min readCORUNNA, Mich. — Elected officials in a Michigan county gave themselves $65,000 in bonuses with federal relief money related to the COVID-19 pandemic.The money, described as “hazard pay,” included $25,000 for Jeremy Root, chairman of the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners.The mostly rural county, between Lansing and Flint, has a population of 68,000.Commissioners — all Republicans — last week voted to award more than $500,000 to dozens of county employees. It ranged from $25,000 for administrators to $2,000 for cleaning staff. All recipients got at least $1,000.Besides Root, commissioners John Plowman and Brandon Marks each received $10,000, and the other four commissioners got $5,000 each.Most commissioners are paid $10,000 a year for their part-time job, plus a stipend for meetings.“I think that I earned it,” Commissioner Cindy Garber said of the bonus. “I work really hard at this job. I was here in-person all through this crazy year.”Commissioner Marlene Webster said she was “mortified” when money appeared in her bank account and didn’t know she had voted to reward herself.“I’m giving the money back,”


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