Delaware city development director Gus Comstock - who last week turned down the job of Delaware County development director at $87,000 a year - will take it at $91,000.

Delaware city development director Gus Comstock - who last week turned down the job of Delaware County development director at $87,000 a year - will take it at $91,000.

County commissioners Tommy Thompson and Todd Hanks on March 30 voted to increase Comstock's pay offer to $91,000.

Comstock is too valuable to the future of Delaware County to let a few thousand dollars keep him from accepting the county's economic development coordinator position, Thompson said.

On his application for the county position, Comstock asked for a salary of $92,000. His base salary as Delaware development director is $84,000 a year.

Comstock said the county job is a "tremendous opportunity" and he looks forward to playing a broader role in county development.

Commission vice president Ken O'Brien voted against the new offer, saying it was not fair to offer Comstock more money, when the commissioners are asking others to cut their budgets.

Thompson said he understands O'Brien's concerns but the county stands to lose more money than the extra $4,000 in salary through lost economic development opportunities.

Comstock can hit the ground running, he said, because he already knows who is interested in locating to the county and who could be persuaded to locate here.

"We are at the cusp when this thing breaks open. ... We need to have someone in place who understands the county," Thompson said.

After the vote O'Brien said he will "do all I can to welcome Mr. Comstock. ... There are a great many things that can be accomplished in this county. I look forward to working with Mr. Comstock."