Lubbock County Commissioners Approve 5% Pay Raises - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/13/07

Lubbock County Commissioners Approve 5% Pay Raises

Lubbock County Commissioners will be getting a pay raise, but it's not the 13% originally proposed last month. Monday, in a 3-2 vote, commissioners approve a 5% pay raise for themselves. That's the same raise most county employees will be getting, along with the sheriff and the Justice of the Peace Officers.

The 5% raise is a cost of living adjustment and for increases in department budgets. So, let's take a look at how this plays out in the salaries.

The increase will bring County Commissioners from $53,000 a year to $55,840. Ysdidro Gutierrez voted against the pay raise along with County Judge Tom Head. However, Judge Head will get a raise, going from $77,000 to $82,000 a year. He also gets a $15,000 supplement from the state.

There are three County Court of Law Judges, they will go from $134,000 to $139,000 a year.

There are four Justices of the Peace in Lubbock County. They will go from $47,000 to $49,519 a year.

Six District Judges get a state salary of $135,000. The county currently pays them $10,000 but that will go up to $15,000 a year.

The Lubbock County District Attorney, Matt Powell gets $125,000 a year from the state. The county pays that position just over $10,000, but that will now increase to $15,000.

As an elected official, Sheriff David Gutierrez will also get a 5% pay raise, going from $77,000 a year to just over $81,127.

Again, County Judge Tom Head and Commissioner Ysdidro Gutierrez voted against the pay raises. Last month, Head argued that elected officials know what the salary is when they run for office.

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