2017-06-19 / Local News

County council nixes request for pay raise

Ledger Staff Writer

Despite high praise from the Cherokee County Veterans Council, Cherokee County Council agreed not to raise the veterans affairs officer’s pay.

The Veterans Council told the Cherokee County Finance Committee on Monday that Veterans Affairs Officer Todd Humphries was responsible for nearly doubling the benefits county veterans receive from the VA from $16 million to $28 million a year.

The Veterans Council then asked the finance committee to recommend boosting Humphries annual pay from the $35,822.80 he will earn after the recent longevity and cost of living raises, to $42,000.

During his report to council, Finance Committee Chairman Charles Mathis said it was agreed during the finance committee to deny the raise.

“It was made clear in the meeting but it was agreed to by all of us,” Mathis said.

Humphries said he has never received a pay raise other than a cost-of-living raise during his eight years as VA officer.

“I’ve never had a raise for my job performance and I’ve increased the benefits for veterans from $16 million to $28 million,” Humphries said.

He added that council has raised salaries for other employees, who haven’t “generated the money he has for county residents.”

Council also rejected Clerk to Court Brandy McBee’s request for a pay raise. She will earn $59,258 after the pay hikes in the new county budget go into effect.

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