Lubbock County Commissioners Take Steps Toward Pay Raise - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/23/07

Lubbock County Commissioners Take Steps Toward Pay Raise

It appears Lubbock County employees and elected officials may get a pay raise, but the proposal is already drawing some debate.

In a 3-2 vote, commissioners approved a proposal to begin the process of getting pay raises.

According to Commissioner Bill McCay, the pay raises were proposed by the personnel committee and accepted 3-2 by the Commissioners Court for publication in the newspaper. This is the first step in getting pay raises for all county employees. The next step is to wait for more information on the funding they will be getting, before they can actually vote to spend it.

First, they will look at their budget and decide what critical needs need to be met. They will then give raises to all county employees. This will be an increase of 2.84% in cost of living adjustments and a 2.5% to department directors for their personnel budget.

Then, they will look at raises for elected county officials:

  • The District Judge and District Attorney would get a 50% increase in their supplement, from $10-15,000.
  • The Justice of the Peace and Treasurer would go from $47,000 to $50,000.
  • The District Clerk, County Clerk, and County Commissioners would go from $53,000 to $60,000.
  • The Constable would go from $34,000 to $37,000.
  • And the County Judge would go from $77,000 to $82,000, plus his 15,000 bonus supplement.

Ysidro Gutierrez and Tom Head voted against the raises, with Judge Head saying it wasn't warranted.

"We have the best elected officials we've had in years," said Tom Head, Lubbock County Judge. "They deserve a raise, but I can't justify giving myself a raise."

County Commissioner Bill McCay responded, "Judge, I appreciate that response, but when I spoke to you earlier. That's a really selfish response."

Head argued that elected officials know how much they will make, when they run for office. And that tax payers should not be required to pay them more.

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