Oral arguments in a lawsuit filed by an Okanogan County Superior Court administrator against the Okanogan County and its commissioners over salary have been rescheduled for next month.
Also at issue is whether authority to determine compensation for staff rests with the Superior Court judges or the county commissioners.
Dennis Rabidou, Okanogan County’s superior court administrator and juvenile department administrator, sued the county in June, contending that the commissioners blocked the court from paying his agreed-upon salary, which included a raise to compensate Rabidou for taking on a second position as court administrator.
The county asserts that the Superior Court judges have no authority to set Rabidou’s salary nor to give him a raise. The county commissioners retain full authority over the budget, the county argues.
Because of the involvement of Superior Court judges and staff, outside attorneys are handling the matter for Rabidou and the judges, as well as for Okanogan County. The case is being heard by visiting judge Veronica Galván from King County Superior Court.
Oral arguments are scheduled for Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m.