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Proposal would boost chairman's pay

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Less than a year since a special election chose Gwinnett's newest Board of Commissioners chair, a local legislator is hoping a salary boost will help in the next election.

Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-Stone Mountain, said he intended to file local legislation to increase the chairman's salary from $50,000 to $150,000.

"The chairman of Gwinnett is woefully and inadequately compensated," said Mitchell, who lives in DeKalb but represents a portion of Gwinnett. "We want to attract the kind of leadership (Gwinnett) deserves."

The county's elected chairman's salary is well below that of neighboring locales. Several years ago, the county board voted to raise salaries for part-time commissioners, but then-Chairman Charles Bannister took the chairman's salary out of the proposal.

Mitchell said the county was fortunate to have "altruistic" leaders in the past, including Charlotte Nash, who was elected in March to replace Bannister. Nash, the former county administrator, has foregone pension payments so she would not receive a salary and a pension from Gwinnett.

But a higher salary would make the job more attractive to qualified citizens, he said.

"You have to have a professional wage," Mitchell said. "No wise businessman or citizen would say we should risk our property values and (quality of life)" for a less-qualified person, he said.

Nash did not comment on the proposal, which will be considered by legislators in the upcoming session, beginning in January.

Comments

R 2 years, 4 months ago

OH HE!! NO! That's why we can't afford "Democrats" in office, even of the RINO kind. We have enough problems as it is...

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jack 2 years, 4 months ago

"Mitchell said the county was fortunate to have "altruistic" leaders in the past,....."

al·tru·is·tic [al-troo-is-tik] adjective 1.unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others.

Another legislator rooted in reality.

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Coolray 2 years, 4 months ago

The real money isn't in the salary, if you know what I mean

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HonestIngine 2 years, 4 months ago

This is another dumb idea from Billy Mitchell. He plans on running for the chairman next year. This will not stop him from stealing our money just like the others. We now need to vote Mitchell out of office. What happened to public service?

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Mack711 2 years, 4 months ago

Not long ago the BOC was looking for ways to cut the budget and find money. County employees lost jobs, took days off without pay, cut benefits just to have the BOC to vote themselves a raise!!! While many citizens in the county are looking for work and and can not find work they want to take tax dollars for themselves. Taking a 100K per year raise when some would like to have a 50K per year job. OH KECK KNOW!!!! They knew what this job payed befroe they got elected now live with it,we have to why not them. They vote themselves a raise then we should vote them out. Donot like the current pay scale then quit the job and go find another that will pay more.

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Gundoctor1 2 years, 4 months ago

I agree with honestingine. What has happened to Public service???? If these people don't have a real job, they decide this is the place for me. Push around some paper, go to some meetings, etc. etc. Sound familiar??? Similar to our congressmen and women! Here's an idea. Throw every last one of them out on their collective rear-ends and start over. Certainly could not be any worse than what we are dealing with now. Elections are nothing but beauty contests now. Whomever the media gets firmly behind, they are elected. I cannot find one single person that will admit to voting for Mr. Obama in 2008. Well, some certainly did. I think about 90% of the actual voters cannot tell you what the person they just voted for has as an agenda, or platform, or their beliefs politically except they belong to one party or the other. This is not intended to be for or against either political party. Every last one of them will promise you the moon if they can have your vote. It is all they care about. Lets hope this idiotic raise proposal dies without much discussion.

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kevin 2 years, 4 months ago

It is way past time to stop re-electing the same people over and over. It just breeds corruption. Haven't voters got any brains anymore?

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richtfan 2 years, 4 months ago

if you want to sift out the scammers from the honest people, pay them nothing but mileage to and from their meetings and see how many of them run from the job like rats from a flood.

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Ericsonga 2 years, 4 months ago

Y'all do realize that being the chairman of BOC is essentially being the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company, right? The only way someone that is capable of taking that responsibility on is if they are independently wealthy. Do you know someone that has run a multi-billion dollar company and has overseen thousand of employees that would work for 50k a year? I wouldn't work for that in the job I do now. Our leadership has severely lacked in years past, and I think Charlotte Nash is no different. We need leadership, however she is too afraid to make a definitive decision on what route to take to work much less the direction this county needs to take to prosper. We need to be competitive and recruit the best talent to run this county. Instead we are just cycling through the same people. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Let's do something different for a change! The old way has failed us all immensely.

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kevin 2 years, 4 months ago

I believe that Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-Stone Mountain, should pay for the raise. When will Democrats ever stop throwing money at a problem? It doesn't solve it and well as having marts and brains.The qualifications for a Chairman are as follows: A retired person, a person with money. This is the truth! (so they might not steal money if they already have plenty). What this Rep is saying here is that our current BOC is worthless since we haven't paid them enough. The current Chairman gets a fat public pension already and is retired. Bingo. Enough pay. Same goes for the others. They all have money and connections and are taking those jobs for the "side benefits," including respect and power,if you know what I mean.

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dan 2 years, 4 months ago

Honestly, I think this is a great idea. Sure we (the taxpayers) will be paying more for their salary, but just think about how more qualified people will be interested in running for chairman. Everyone seems to dislike the people currently in office. If a larger salary is offered, these people would most likely not be here. Instead they will be replaced by better, more qualified individuals that can actually create more jobs and improve Gwinnett.

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R 2 years, 4 months ago

Politicians don’t create jobs - businesses create jobs. Pay more to politicians and you NOT only get the “same” but pay more for it… We won’t even get a higher class of crook for the effort. ( Reality insert NOT all are crooks – there are some of value)

Sorry the Stadium was the last ” job“ where we paid list price PLUS for the privilege of spending ever more tax dollars. Just think - if they didn’t build THAT pit, the Motel/ Rental car tax could have been spent for operations.

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Mack711 2 years, 4 months ago

@ R: Please do not forget the trash plan that was shoved down out throats as well!!!

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Ericsonga 2 years, 4 months ago

No, it couldn't have. I'm sorry, but you don't know how the tax system works.

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Mack711 2 years, 4 months ago

Oh yes we do know how the system works. They decide how much they want and send you a bill. If you donot pay they take your property. that is how it works.

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Ericsonga 2 years, 4 months ago

No, I was speaking of R's statement that the motel/rental car tax could be used toward operations. It cannot be used for that. That would actually be illegal.

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R 2 years, 4 months ago

There are X number of dollars available - if you use it one way, its not available to be "collected" or used elsewhere - that's basic reality. So I fact know HOW the tax system works and how the "fees" are parsed to be collected in increments - because if asked for as a total lump sum - it could NEVER pass.

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R 2 years, 4 months ago

In the print edition dated 11/8/11 front page– they have an economist claiming we must pass the TSPLOST in 2012 or we will fall too far “behind” and on the same page below the fold was the Kernerly Bankruptcy headline (Why a few days after it was posted in the AJC makes no sense – I LOVE looking to ATLANTA for our news) but the parallel articles are entertaining.
We must INCREASE our taxes when everywhere else in the country the main attention is focused on how to cut or hold the line. SURE - we’ll run out and vote for that increase while we get to remember how our government spent our money as recently as 2 years ago. Throw in the SRTA and the HOT lane NON response and it makes perfect sense. And then there is serious consideration of raising the salary of 1 position in Gwinnett government by 200 percent while freezing Fire, Police and EMTs?

A Merry Christmas to suckers one and all and a frightful new year indeed…

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