February 18, 2015
Karen Degges, County Manager, has hired another new employee–this time to add to the Planning & Zoning office. Virginia Williams was hired on 2/17/15 (Monday) as a Code Enforcement officer at a rate of $15.00 per hour.
Even though we requested Ms. Williams resume’ under open records, we have not received that information, so we do not have any way of knowing if she met the job requirements as advertised on the website. Those requirements would include, “Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or has had a similar position for one to two years.” Sherry Braley will be Ms. Williams’ supervisor.
Even though Karen Degges has told the BOC that she was going to add a part time code enforcement officer (you know, because Ms. Braley is so busy), and supposedly a part time position was included in the budget, but nothing on the personnel status sheets we obtained says anything about part time.
What makes the hiring of Ms. Williams a bit more interesting is it appears she is from North Carolina (based on her car tag). Now who would come to Jasper County to work part time for $15 per hour all the way from North Carolina? Maybe a friend of the County Manager?
Ms. Williams appears to be staying with Ms. Degges. This brings a whole new meaning to “hiring in-house” and it reeks of cronyism.
The Administrative Specialist recently hired (also to help Ms. Braley get her job done while she is not checking emails, answering the phone, and writing memos for the County Manager) also seems to be from out of town as she has a Monroe County tag.
This BOC promised to hire people from Jasper County if at all possible. We can’t believe that no one from Jasper County applied for this job that wasn’t just as qualified as the person hired. However, the BOC is no longer in control of what goes on in Jasper County. The BOC has one job, and that is to control and oversee the County Manager. Jasper County’s hiring and spending is out of control, and the BOC is either too weak, too ignorant, or too scared to do anything about it.
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