August 31, 2014
Mike Benton has been chosen by County Manager Karen Degges to become the Financial Director for Jasper County. His first day on the job was Monday, August 25, 2014. This choice came as no surprised as it has been rumored for more than a month that Karen Degges would hire Mr. Benton. Karen Degges’ title has been County Manager/Finance Director. The county website has been changed to show Karen Degges’ title as only County Manager now.
According to his employment agreement, he will start at $50,000 per year and be eligible for a raise after six (6) months.
Mike Benton’s past employment was that of CFO of Angel Food Ministries (AFM) from 1995-2009; he also sat on their board of directors as Treasurer. Mr. Benton was also Chief Financial Officer for the following for-profit subsidiaries that Angel Food Ministries used:
AFM Staffing, Inc.
AFM Security, Inc.
Angel Food Ministries, Inc. 401(k) Plan
Good Hope Construction Co., Inc.
Mr. Benton is also taking the place of Phyllis Studdard, who was Finance Manager until Mr. Benton was hired. Ms. Studdard has been moved across the hall to help in the Planning and Zoning office. Her exact job title is unknown to us at this time.