KAREN DEGGES, COUNTY MANAGER, HIRES ANOTHER ASSISTANT!
January 28, 2015
Folks, you can expect another big tax increase in the near future. Karen Degges has hired another employee to help her with her job. The position is an “Administrative Specialist.”
According to the job description, this position is responsible for providing administrative and clerical support to the Executive Department. One of the job duties is to provide secretarial and administrative support to the County Manager by taking messages, returning calls, maintaining appointment calendar, and typing memoranda, reports, and correspondence. This position will have Karen Degges, Mike Benton, and Sherry Braley as supervisors.
See all the job duties here– http://www.taxdogs.com/121714AdminSpecJob.pdf
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Since Ms. Degges has taken over the realm of Jasper County and set herself up to be the empress, she has fired all those she had to work closely with and replaced them with “her own people.” From four people doing the job (including the County Manager) in the BOC office, now there are six, and each new person does part of the job the County Manager was hired to do.
First it was Lathaydra Sands, a 10+ year employee; she was replaced.
Then it was Kathy Skinner, the 11 year EMS billing clerk who Karen Degges moved in the BOC office to help answer the phones and other work, as well as do the EMS billing work. She was soon replaced by “an auditor” named Debria Murphy that Ms. Degges hired.
Then Phyllis Studdard was harassed and fired and replaced with former Angel Foods Ministries CFO, Mike Benton who took half of Ms. Degges’ job and became Finance Director at an added $21,000 a year over what Ms. Studdard was making.
Then in September Sherry Braley was given an $.83/hour raise with another $2.00 per hour raise in December. This raise was given in two steps to avoid having to get the BOC to approve it. Ms. Braley was making $16.00 per hour and with her 18% pay raise, she now makes $18.83 per hour. There is no explanation on her pay sheet as to why she was given the $2.00/hour raise.
Now a new job has been created as Administrative Specialist and a new person started in this job on Monday, January 26 at $12.00 per hour.
Over and over the BOC talks about needing more help at Public Works and how they are shorthanded. However, our roads continue to deteriorate and are not maintained properly (putting plate dirt in pot holes is not maintenance), yet the County Manager continues to dole out her own job, piece by piece, to new employees.
People continue to wonder just where the money is coming from, but the County Manager keeps assuring the BOC that everyone is within budget and things are grand in Jasper County. Until the audit is presented and made public, we can’t believe anything about the finances because it truly appears that Karen Degges does not know or understand finances.
There is always a good reason to keep hiring more people. That reason seems to fit here in Jasper County– When you lie your way into a job you can’t do, then you have to hire more and more people to CYA. It appears that is exactly what is happening in Jasper County and for some reason the BOC just won’t stop it. At the next BOC meeting we are going to hear about “re-organization,” which is nothing more than an excuse for hiring all these extra people (oh, yeah, and to bring us into the 21st Century)!
Remember folks, just a couple of months ago, Karen Degges repeatedly told the BOC she and existing staff could do all their own work and all the work for JCWSA with it costing nothing! Now all of a sudden Ms. Degges has to have help taking messages, returning calls, maintaining appointment calendar, and typing memoranda, reports, and correspondence. Just what does she actually do to earn $85,000 a year??
Another big property tax increase is coming! Bet on it!
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