Last December, McCarthy failed in his attempt to increase the $75,000 annual salary for the county executive. He said 176 county employees get paid more. He proposed raising the salary to $127,500.

When Ott asked him about that, McCarthy said the discussion had to be initiated. He noted the county is large operation with more than 2,000 people and a $3.5 million budget. He didn’t expect to get $127,500 but was hoping to get something over $75,000 approved. “I got zero over $75,000.”

Osborne said his committee’s interviews with the two candidates will be posted Tuesday on the county’s website.

Commissioners will have another big decision before them Wednesday night: deciding if they want to approve a tax increment financing plan for the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center in Lower Macungie Township.

A no vote will kill the $140-million project, which will include a Costco, Whole Foods Market and a Target as its anchor stores.