Originally created 02/26/97

Ill-timed pay request

Columbia County commissioners picked the worst possible time to lobby their county legislators in Atlanta for a $5,000 annual pay raise for Sheriff Clay Whittle.

Whittle is basically a good sheriff. But have commissioners already forgotten that he remains under enormous pressure to demonstrate that he has the jail under control - i.e., no more escapes in 1997?

If a raise is merited - and we're not saying it isn't when comparing Whittle's $58,000-a-year salary to sheriffs of similar departments - it should ideally take effect for the next term of office.

There are exceptions to every rule but, at this time, why should this be one of them?

Related Searches



Trending this week:


The Augusta Chronicle © 2015. All Rights Reserved.  Contact Us  | Terms of Service  | Privacy Policy  | Advertise