August 31, 2014

Calc with Tape

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.



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  1. Gay Morrison says:

    Unfortunately Mike Benton fits the criteria for a job with Jasper County and that is why he was hired. Based on the fact that he was CFO for Angel Foods Ministries there is no way, that I can think of, that he could not have known what was taking place. He just had a better opportunity to cover his tracks than the others. Better yet he probably had a better opportunity to make sure everyone but himself would be implemented if things went south, which it did. Hiring this man is proof positive that the insane are running the assylum.

  2. Missy says:

    Would our county leaders let the captain of the Costa Condordia be at the help of their ship? Would they would ask Bill Clinton to chaperone their teenage daughters and ask Jeffrey Dahmer to dine at their house? Possibly yes.

  3. Teresa says:

    49 counts of fraud and money laundering??? This guy is the new finance director??? You would think that someone would have mentioned this point. We are so screwed up. “Abandon all hope ye who enter here…

  4. GA Razz says:

    Exactly what I was thinking as well to Margaret W.’s statement. There was something about mis-management of funds with Angel Food Ministries…if Mr. Benton was the CFO or an accounts manager, I would definitely have to delve deeper into just why Angel Food Ministries was shut down before hiring anyone from that organization.

  5. Margaret W. says:

    Wasn’t Angel Food Ministries accused of some wrong-doing a few years back and shut down?

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