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Myrtle Beach Municipal Court's Chief Judge Jennifer Wilson laughs and leans into Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune (left) shortly after the oath of office on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Bethune defeated John Rhodes. Rhodes had served as the city's mayor since 2006. Bethune is the fourteenth mayor of the city and the first female mayor. More than 200 people attended the ceremony that included Bethune's oath as well as oaths from council members Jackie Vereen, Gregg Smith and Mike Lowder.

Myrtle Beach Chief Municipal Judge Jennifer Wilson has been given a 5% bump in salary.

The city council approved the raise at their Tuesday meeting.

Prior to the adjustment, city officials said Wilson is paid an annual salary of $126,698.82.

Wilson began serving as the chief judge for the city's municipal court in 2000. She was reappointed for a four-year term at the Oct. 8 city council meeting.

The chief city judge presides over all the terms and sessions of court, directs the assistant municipal judges and court clerical personnel and establishes the court’s procedures and policies, according to city council documents.

The city council appoints the position.

Before the vote, Mayor Brenda Bethune pointed out the city’s municipal judges "do not receive annual increases like the rest of the city employees do."

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