Taxpayers foot the bill for salaries earned by our city and county leaders and administrators.
But those who determine those salaries say they toe the line in making sure they are on par with comparable cities and counties.
In county government, a committee reviews salaries and makes recommendations to the Commissioners Court regarding the county’s “step” plan.
The “step” system was incorporated several years ago to ensure that salaries are fair and not vulnerable to the whims of elected officials who might play favorites.
The pay awarded to Granbury’s elected officials has long been controversial, but isn’t as controversial as it used to be.
Voters made their opinions known at the polls. Some of those who benefitted from the raises were not re-elected to the City Council.
Last year, the Waters Consulting Group in Dallas did an analysis of the salaries in Granbury city government.
City Manager Wayne McKethan said the consulting firm compared Granbury’s salaries to the salaries of “eight or 10” comparable cities.
“For those (salaries) not within range, we adjusted up to the range,” McKethan said. “We’re within the range of each position.”
Whether an employee is at the top of the range depends upon qualifications and years of experience, he stated.
COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS
County Judge Darrell Cockerham $76,333
County Attorney Lori Kaspar $140,000
County Clerk Mary Burnett $61,411
Court-at-Law Judge Vincent Messina $140,000
District Clerk Tonna Hitt $61,411
Peace Justices (Roger Howell, Martina Castillo, Judy Watson, Danny Tuggle) $61,411
Constables (Joe Lee, DeWayne Hart, Mike Lang, Chad Jordan) $57,997
Sheriff Roger Deeds $74,611
Tax Assessor/Coll:ector Teresa McCoy $61,411
Treasurer Kathy Davis $61,411
(James Deaver, Dick Roan, Jeff Tout, Steve Berry) $64,854
COUNTY APPOINTED OFFICIALS
Personnel Director Bob Blessing $61,402
Library Director Courtney Kincaid $56,457
Maintenance Supervisor Tim Flower $48,440
Environmental Health Director James McAusland $57,411
Veterans Service Officer Linda Mallon $30,006
Elections Administrator Jenise Miller $44,999
I.S. Director Jackie Solomon $67,513
Road Administrator Donald Linney $67,553
Purchasing Agent Nelda Walters $54,919
Fire Marshal Ray Wilson $52,000
GRANBURY ELECTED OFFICIALS
Mayor Nin Hulett $18,000
Council members (Mickey Parson, Tony Allen, Gary Couch, Laurel Pirkle, Rose Myers) $12,000
City Manager Wayne McKethan $119,000
Assnt. City Manager Sheri Campbell-Husband $97,000
City Secretary Dee Arcos $68,159
Finance Director Eva Gregory $83,622
Chief of Police Mitch Galvan $89,812
Public Works Director Alva Cox $97,976
Community Development Director Scott Sopchak $72,378
Information Mgt Director Tony Tull $84,143
Aviation Director Gary Hawkins $67,313
Parks & Rec. Director Aaron McLain $65,000
Marketing & Communications Director Steve Dietrichs $70,000
HR Director Steve Roberts $70,000
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