June 7, 2016

Karen Degges

By design, it is very hard to know what our county officials are doing in Jasper County.  The commissioner’s attorney sends an invoice to the county randomly.  Upon inspection of the last two invoices from Alexander & Royston (received in December 2015 and April 2016), it appears that Karen Degges, former County Manager has some sort of legal action against Jasper County.  There has been correspondence with her attorney since July 2015.

Ms. Degges is also drawing unemployment each week that the county reimburses to the Georgia Dep’t of Labor each quarter.  The following invoice was paid by the county in April 2016.

Degges Unempl

This statement shows that Karen Degges will be drawing unemployment until August 2016, unless she obtains employment before then.  The maximum time anyone can draw unemployment, according to the GDOL website, is 26 weeks. 

If the BOC had kept records of tardiness, not following policies, not overseeing department heads, etc. and putting proper documentation and reprimands in Ms. Degges’ personnel file, the county taxpayers most likely would not be paying unemployment or litigation costs.




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4 Responses to DEGGES vs. JASPER COUNTY

  1. Fools and Our Money says:

    The great strategic planners got played like the fools they are. Give them more rope, people.I’m sure they can manage to hang us all in the process.

    Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
    And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
    That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four —
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man —
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began: —
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

    Rudyard Kipling
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings

  2. She's milking it says:

    It has been almost 11 months since Ms. Degges’ departure and she is still collecting unemployment?

    I am surprised that she has not found other employment. Her “sales” skills are exceptional. Our commissioners bought just about every harebrained scheme of hers. Perhaps most employers are a little more discerning now when it comes to hiring. After all, there are many people looking for work, so they don’t have to hire the first BS artist that comes along.

    Since taxpayers of Jasper County are paying for her unemployment compensation, Ms. Degges seems to think she is still employed by the county. Her LinkedIn page gives the impression she is still working for Jasper County and has been for 3 years and 1 month. At this rate, she may soon qualify for paid retirement.

    One thing is for sure, this lady has a lot of chutzpah.

  3. Tormented Taxpayer says:

    How much more can we take????? While Ms. Degges was CM, Gene and the entire board often gave Karen praise and accolades for the incredible work she was doing for the BOC and county. Oh—they proclaimed she was soooooo much an improvement over the previous county manager (who was a reject hand me down from another county). Meanwhile, yet again the BOC was asleep at the helm allowing the taxpayers to be shafted. The commissioners, with Gene at the controls, are helping him to shipwreck the county. Our county attorney (who once stated he works for the pleasure of the board) isn’t helping to change the course. At least the CA and BOC are getting pleasured from all this. Us citizens are feeling the pain.

    I just took one last look @ her picture. No surprise she is smiling.

  4. Susie Hayes says:

    What a ridiculous waste of money!

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