Two days in the past, my allotted area for at this time’s sermonette was stuffed with just a few “how might yous?” and “the raises for these 4 officers is a slap within the face to the hard-working residents of a county bleeding pink ink.”
These phrases have been meant for Rock Island County Circuit Clerk Tammy Weikert, Recorder Kelly Fisher, Coroner Brian Gustafson and Auditor April Palmer, who have been in line for raises that might take every of them from $91,800 yearly in wage to $93,636, or a bump of $1,836 per official.
The cash could be an extra $7,344 per yr for the 4 places of work, coming from a county finances that does not have a spare $7 not to mention an additional $7,300 and alter.
Additionally in it that area have been wonderings how anybody might settle for a increase on the heels of 15 Rock Island County deputy clerks within the circuit clerk’s workplace and two authorized assistants within the state’s legal professional’s workplace being furloughed as a result of an 80% drop in court docket exercise from coronavirus-related restrictions.
There was even a “grasping” or three and a “keep out of it,” for Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos, who in his haste to defend the meant raises for 4 elected officers, failed within the phrases he used.
Extra for Bustos, of whom I’m a fan, in just a few graphs.
However then Weikert, Fisher, Gustafson and Palmer stepped up — in the absolute best manner — and agreed to not settle for wage will increase at the moment. Raises, by language within the contract of the workplace every holds, they’ve coming to them. Raises, although, that could not have come at a worse time.
— to qconline.com