August 13, 2018

The BOC has held two (2) executive sessions to discuss employee raises. They held one after the 8/6/18 meeting, and one tonight during the 8/13/18 meeting. Obviously the BOC couldn’t agree how raises would be done; so instead of discussing it in public, they hid behind closed doors.

So which employees get raises?  Watch the video to see…

At the end of the video (and the discussion), Comm. Salmon lays out how raises should be done.  It is unfortunate he is the only one that feels that way, because it is the only fair way to give raises. 



Citizens, be informed and stay informed!  Only by being informed, can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County.  That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.



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  1. You can do both says:

    I agree about given raises based on merit. Now that the department heads have a pot of money designated for raises, there is no reason why they cannot incorporate merit. They should be doing annual evaluations anyway.

    I do not agree with given the constitutional officers money for raises. The constitutional officers ask for more money each year during budget discussions. The commissioners always say that they cannot cut those budgets because they are constitutional officers. I presume that at least some of the budget increases go to pay raises.

  2. Performance Should = Pay says:

    Wow! Craig hit the nail squarely on the head. Raises should be given in direct correlation to performance. If the get-bys are paid the same as top performers, without any consequence, they will continue to just do enough to keep their job. The sad thing is those who work their ass off get an attitude, but will continue to excel. That is how they are programed. Get rid of the get-by’s.
    Thank you CS for being on the right side of the fence on this issue! I wish my commissioner, DL, had the same attitude.

  3. No respect for gutless leaders says:

    How do the employees even respect these commissioners? They can not make a decision on raises and pass the buck to the county manager and HR????

  4. More pay less work says:

    This sounds like Mike Benton has not been doing evaluations of department heads and department heads have not been evaluating their people. Only Craig seems to have enough guts to call them out on allowing this. Everybody will end up getting a 3% raise and the big dogs will get bigger checks and still will not do their jobs. The little guy doing all the work will get next to nothing.

  5. WTH!!?? says:

    WTH! Sharon Robinson is going to be determining raises? You are kidding right? Is she ever going to be in the office long enough to do that?????????

    • Former JC employee says:

      Heck yeah! Sharon Robinson needs a raise! Who else could work when ever they want and get paid so little (someone please request open records on her present salary)!! I hate to admit it but I agree with CS. Sharon Robinson has stolen enough time from this county. The only reason she’s still here is because of Carl Pennamon. Give raises to the employees who excel in their jobs and actually come to work every day! Don’t get me started on the Road Department. The Department head needs to go also. Oh but wait he still here because of Pennamon.

  6. Good pay for good job says:

    It pains me greatly to have to admit the Craig is correct on something. But if you are not doing a good job you should not be rewarded a raise in pay. It should be earned. My other problem is, I feel there is a few worthy of a raise. The bulk of the people working for this county are not doing a good job. Most of those are department heads who will be making the decision on the raises.

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