MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina state-owned utility Santee Cooper has approved pay raises for five top executives.
The utility's board had approved a three percent pay increases for the executives in April, but gave bigger raises to 2 of them at Monday's meeting in Moncks Corner.
The executive vice president for financial affairs, Elaine Peterson, is getting a 13 percent increase, to nearly $304,000.
The executive vice president of corporate services, R.M. Singletary, is getting a 9 percent increase to about $261,000.
President and chief executive Lonnie Carter's salary will be nearly $417,000.
Board chairman O.L. Thompson says the increases were needed to retain and reward good work. The executives got no raises last year.