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Sheriff, solicitor still seeking salary supplements

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 8:42 PM
Last updated Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 2:16 AM
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The question of whether to supplement the salaries of Richmond County’s new sheriff and State Court solicitor has not gone away.

Augusta Comm­ission member Marion Williams, one of five commissioners who lacked a sixth vote to pass the increases Mon­day, returned the item to next Tues­day’s commission meeting agenda.

“It’s the right thing to do. We’ve got the largest sheriff’s department in the state,” Williams said. “In Atlanta, they’ve got a sheriff who makes $160,000 a year, and he just operates the jail.”

Elected last year, Sheriff Richard Roundtree and Solicitor Kellie Kenner-McIntyre wrote letters to City Administrator Fred Russell in early January offering justification for the amount of pay each is seeking beyond the minimums set by local legislation of $110,000 and $97,000, respectively.

In Roundtree’s letter, which he distributed to the commissioners Thursday, he cites the department’s new initiatives already in the works, such as attaining accreditation and implementing a citizens advisory board and community policing. He goes on to describe his law enforcement background and education, including a master’s degree in psychology and counseling from Troy State University.

“In a salary analysis, I am asking you to consider my duties/responsibilities and qualifications as compared to other county agency heads along with their salaries,” Roundtree wrote. “I would also ask you to consider that a salary of $126,500 is very comparable to other sheriff’s offices and police departments across the region.”

Williams said he had been warned that denying the requests might be setting the city up for litigation.

“If we don’t do this, we can be sued,” he said.

Votes on the increases failed, 5-4, at Monday’s meeting, with Commissioner Grady Smith absent. Smith has said he will be present Tuesday, and Mayor Deke Copenhaver, who can break a 5-5 tie, has a Monday speaking engagement at a four-day conference in Phoenix and might not be present.

Commissioner Bill Lockett, who voted Monday for the increases, said the officials’ credentials, not length of service, and the salaries of other city department heads warrant the supplements.

“It’s fair and equitable when you compare it with the duties and responsibilities of other department heads,” Lockett said.

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Davidl3940 02/18/13 - 02:52 pm

Degrees do not necessarily make you better for your position. There are many degreed people in the unemployment lines. Both knew what they were running for and the pay for their positions. Do a good job and save the county some money and pay raises should follow. Experience is the best thing to add for your resume!!!

Riverman1 02/18/13 - 05:53 pm
It appears a big legal

It appears a big legal challenge is about to surface against the RCSO administration by some officers. This is going to be BIG.

rcandrews 03/24/14 - 07:43 am
Nothing like ...

Having a known liar and a drug dealer for a sheriff and a Flunky for a solicitor, nonetheless.

They knew what the pay-scale was when they ran for the position.

Typical, Knuckle dragging Meat-Heads to demand more money to do a job everyone before them did better and for less money.

Typical Slave Mindset to not be upset about it.

So many out here feel like these two power hungry, money grubbers, "Need to get theirs while they can."

What those who feel like that need to remember, "getting their's" means extorting the people to pay for their life style.

No one in government holding an elected position should earn more than that of a foot solider.

No one working (and I use that word sparingly) for the government in an unelected position should earn more than the average income of the state in which they reside.

Want to stop the wastefulness and power grabbing of these Statist Pigs?

Take away OUR money that they use to perpetuate the State's Power Tripping and Money Grubbing.

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